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Auntie Arwen's thunderbolt

by Ursula the Widow
Reviews Editor, Pennsic Independent

J. T. Sibley, aka spice merchant and beloved dinosaur Auntie Arwen, says her new book The Divine Thunderstorm: Missiles of the Gods is about the folklore surrounding the phenomena of thunder and lightning. That's not so much an outright lie as it is a drastic understatement.
The book, based on Sibley's dissertation but greatly expanded, does indeed address folk belief and myth surrounding thunderbolts, from the Ice Age to the 20th century and from Persia to America. However, like Sir James Frazier in The Golden Bough, Sibley treats her core myth as a point of departure and exploration.
The Divine Thunderbolt has the same relationship to Sibley's recent magico-historical novel, Hammer of the Smith, that the King James Bible has to the Chronicles of Narnia. For those who like their history straight up, here is the one-hundred-proof undiluted stuff.
Sibley investigates specifically and in detail thunderbolt beliefs and associated artwork, mythmaking and tales for a long list of Indo-European cultures. If you ever wondered what your persona thought about thunder, it's in here. While individual cultural beliefs are addressed, the connections between them are also made plain. The reader's sense of widespread shared understandings gradually grows until he or she can virtually see our ancestors, thousands of miles apart but all gazing with the same awe at the same sky.
The value of this work to SCA members, however, will not be limited to pure theory or persona development. The many figures and drawing that illustrate Sibley's intensive research will furnish a rich source imagery for the embroiderer, the goldsmith, and the scribe, while the substance of the volume could keep a clan of storytellers well fed for a lifetime. Linguists will enjoy her excursions into etymology; archers will speculate about the real wood of the arrow that slew Baldur.
Although writing here as a scholar rather than a storyteller, Sibley never drones or obfuscates. She simply tells it like it was in a refreshingly plain style.
Auntie Arwen's books are available at her spice shop, Booth XXX.

Harsh weather rocks camp

By Julie for the Pennsic Independent

SCAdians were mostly unfazed by the torrential downpours, lightning and thunder Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning.

The greatest impact was on the battlefield and rapier lists where a tent and a kingdom pavilion were lost and events were pushed back and rescheduled. Elsewhere, there were minor injuries and fallen tents.

The Kingdom of Trimaris reports its battlefield pavilion was blown over about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, but the kingdom recovered its thrones and reformed in time for the day’s battles. Otherwise, “we fared very well,” reports Mistress Navah. Though rains poured through the area early Wednesday, the kingdom’s Swamp area camp, which is surrounded by water on three sides, had no serious flooding, and festivities continued as scheduled.

At the rapier list, the greatest impact was on the schedule. The Rapier Great Wall War Point Battle was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday and the Atlantian 5-man Melee took place in the afternoon, rather than the morning. The schedule itself was pushed ahead two hours, organizers reported. Volunteers at the rapier list said they noticed a tear in their large tent Tuesday just before it began raining and took it down. They used smaller pavilions to house organizers and marshals.

First Aid Point reported that they treated some people for sprained ankles who had fallen in the wet conditions, but otherwise there were no injuries. Chirurgeon’s volunteers and Public Safety performed their usual patrols as is customary during storms and reported no serious problems. There were reports of a few downed tents, but no significant problems, according to volunteers at Information Point.

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Events Open to All

Reform Jewish Shabat 7 PM Friday night. Silver Dragon Co #11 Bow St. Downhill of the barn near the bathhouse. Oneg follows.

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent’s Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Æthelmearc bardic buffet and performance - Æthelmearc Royal Camp, N04 9 PM, Thursday, August 14th.

SCA Welsh Yahoo Group Mtg. Thursday, 8 PM Concordia, N01. Gwen Gwsfwt.

Signing your work - Japanese signatures and seals. Japanese calligraphy part five, Friday 2-3 Clan Yama Kaminari, E03 Red Banners near troll. Newcomers welcome - Solveig Thorondardottir.

Animism to Zen - Japanese religion. Friday 4-5 Clan Yama Kaminari, E03 Red Banners near troll. Newcomers welcome - Solveig Thorondardottir.

YAMABIKO-ZA Presents the comic plays Kaminari and Uko Sako - Friday 6:00 at Clan Yama Kaminari E03, near troll with red banners - Solveig Throndardottir.

The 2nd Annual Knowne World Baronial Champions Tournament will be held Thursday, August 14th at 4 PM at the Cynnabar Main Battlefield pavilion.

A service: To students seeking middle eastern classes in private camps. Please visit Orluk Oasis (W10) and we will be happy to guide you to your class.

Contests

Come to the Knowne Worlde Drynke Makers Contest at Cada Bardicci. Thursday, noon to 4 PM E20 behind Vlad’s. Join us for a subtlety competition and exhibition. See the glorious casa by light of day.

Lost & Found

The Meridian and Calontirian Party will be held Thursday at 8 PM in A&S tents 10 and 11.

BLUE FEATHER BALL, 8 PM.

EAST KINGDOM ALLIED WAR PARTY! Come Allies and Friends of the East to taste the flavor of the southern region. Open to all! 21 to drink, please bring ID. Free door prize!!! Tonight, 9 PM.

SOLAR/NERO gathering at Nero. It’s “Be all that you can’t be,” so at Pennsic, let’s do all that we can’t do at NERO. If you play, join us Thursday eve at Willow Point for a get-together and a roving party. Willow Point is located at E-19, the corner or Eastern Highway and Winged Wolf Way.

VIKING RAIDING PARTY™! Thursday night, 10ish. Departing from Cloak & Dagger. Bring Wagons & weapons. Space 15 by the showers.

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CORSET STAYS AT EXCELLENT PRICES! DRAGON’S MAGIC 25

NEED A BOUNTY HUNTER? Find one at Norseland! We will hunt the person you need to find. Ask for Vargar.

Favorite tunic didn’t survive the parties at Pennsic? Custom-build a new one at www.GarbtheWorld.com . Custom-made reasonably priced tunics, pants (pockets), cloaks, kilts, robes, dresses, belts and more. Special outfits for newbies, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Vandals, Jutes, etc. FREE SHIPPING via UPS ground on your first order. Voucher 109042003. Garb the World.

The Crystal Dragon is having a clearance sale & new arrivals. Bellydance, trim & applique. Also tent 10x20 Gothic Arch with walls. $200/obo

Straw hats $4. Hammond Crafts, Bazaar Z 13.

“Fortune’s forecast, Lucky charms! Get the dope with your horoscope!” Cards and runes read $15, silver chains and charms from $5 and up. Cabochons - Merchant 21

VELLUM - Genuine Opaline Vellum, imported from England, first quality - Full folio sheet $30, half folio $15. For that special scroll. Guild of Limners, #24

Portraits drawn in pencil or charcoal: $15, minatures $100. Cabochons - Merchant 21

BEST PLUMES AT PENNSIC! Z 13 Bazaar behind the barn.

Striped Linen & knotted cord buttons for your Islamic-style garb. DRAGON’S Magic, booth #25

Stunning white canopy @ E04. 10x10x10, $215 obo by Apple. Contact Tamara of Østgardr. Leave Info.

For Sale: 2 bsn kitch sink w/faucet, fold dwn ct6 board, on wheels. Kitch counter on wheels, w/cold storage sect. 2 cupboards, and 2 dwrs. Make offer to forge booth 117

Find Freya’s Fabrics behind the Stave Church. Silk, cotton, linen, wool brocade, trim, buttons. All natural fibers!! We also have candles!

Winged Cats are here! Get your Flutterkitties at Z13 in the Bazaar behind the barn!

Do you know that rare man who is a knight “24-7”? Buy him a sterling silver chain pattern ring to wear to the office as an outward symbol of the inward chivalry that he never takes off with his garb. Cabochons - Merchant 21

Clean-dry-tunics-chemises CHEAP $20 each. Tunics trimmed CHEAP $20 - Chemises 100% cotton muslin. Bloomers $5 only/Large size-ALL. Treasure Chest (Z10)

The Gypsy Caravan has the largest selection of sterling sliver on site! Crosses, celtic band rings & poison rings galore! Open late every night! #105 Street of Gold

Cuchulain! Hounds & Heroes now on CD. Find it with Morgan Wolfsinger’s other fine tapes and CDs at 213 in the Bazaar behind the barn. Get yours soon!

Woman’s gauntlets like new for large hands. Aircraft alum. sewn in gloves by Mandrake. $200 obo. See Minna Gantz @ SinPit corner of Strand and Sedalia’s to try.

For Sale: 4 bedroom victorian in Butler. $89,900. Contact Ygraine at Darkyard or (313)613-0324

Come see the funniest viking t-shirt at the War! Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

Cheryl’s Salamanders now available in Booth 40. Tomas The Lapidary at the corner of the Street of Dreams and Woad Way.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

HENNA - Fresh from Yemen. Siften, stains palms cherry red to blackberry. Fresh paste, essential oils, mylar cones, carrot bags, buy in bulk and save! See Ghazalah at Touch the Earth or www.hennadancer.com

We are alive, well and dry. Come see us. Four Seasons Tentmasters, Space 81, Gold Road.

LADY TUDOR GLITZ! Z 13 Bazaar behind the barn.

Claus’ Recipies for a DIY Pennsic - an evil cookbook from the vile horrible toymaker. Claus of Burzee, #24

For Sale: Pavilion - 15x21 oval marquee. New in 2001. Complete w/poles, ropes, stakes, fins. Excellent condition. Asking $1600 US dollars. Take it home Saturday! We take money order or cert. cashier’s check. See it and make agreement, at Mountain Confederation. Intersection of Brewer’s Road & Howard’s Fenway, ask for Geraine or Nanzydon.

Cheap and ostentatious, catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons - Merchant 21

Experience the splendors of the souk! A dazzling array of dancewear! Coin and beaded hip sashes! Handmade bedouin clothing...saris and silk veils...Turkish hats and purses...Gobs of jewelry! At Farasha’s Dance Treasures & Starlight Caravan, Market Street by the barn.

Salaam - have your soul stolen (exotic Polaroid photos) w/genies from the far east. Sunday through Tuesday 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM. Wednesday 6-midnight. Thurs-Sat 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM. Middle Eastern set and models (male & female) photographed serving you @ Kolls Authentic Kreations, booth 130 - Can also photograph you on set w/friend.

VEIL-weight silk: 3.5mm & 5mm at Dragon’s Magic #25

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Folkwear’s Turkish Dancer Pattern is here! Visit Ursula’s Alcove, 135 Plunder Lane.

Midnite Madness sale. Quality walking staff. Make a reasonable offer on anything. Site 4

16 x 16 pavilion for sale. Asking price, $630. See Eamon w/Darkyard.

The Gypsy Caravan has amazing amber prices: necklaces from $19.95, amber rings from $10. Open late every night! #105 Street of Gold

SILK & LINEN threat & floss - Dragon’s Magic #25

Affordable Largess! Sterling silver Celtic knots and rings and chains from $3 up! When the bard makes you cry, don’t turn his finger green. Cabochons - Merchant 21

The Gypsy Caravan has fifty kinds of pearls & gemstone beads plus all your beading needs - best prices @ the war. Open late every night! #105 Street of Gold

For Sale: 16x21 pavilion - ropes, poles, stakes $850. 7x12 pavilion w/ropes, poles, stakes $300 - Space 165

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchant Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

T-shirts $10. S-3X. Hammond Crafts. Bazaar Z 13.

Quality Cotton cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #25

Herbal Remedies: All natural cough syrup, teas for hangovers, woman problems, salves for poison ivy, bruises, diaper rash, burns & more! Cabochons #21

10x16 mundane tent - $100. W13 - Ziggy @ House Blackstar

Viking Home Companion and the New Ragnarok and Roll on sale at Malachi’s Mail - Bazaar 1 - Z15 - $15.00

FOR SALE - Prepare for Pennsic 33! 16x18 Panther Marquis package includes: 16x18 marquis, sodcloth on all walls, 10x18 awning, 1302 sunforger w/flame retardant, poles, ropes, stakes; blue braid on straight edge valence; used but in excellent condition. $1500 firm. (complete package is $2500 new) Shipping to be negotiated with buyer. Location: upstate New York. Call (315)331-3788 or fridrikr@rochester.rr.com

BEDOUIN TENT FOR SALE. 24x22 ft. Made of Sunforger marine grade canvas. Stay dry & party like a sultan. Used for 4 Pennsics, like new. $1100. (New $1800.) See it @ Badir Tribal Designs #84, Street of Gold.

Benefit the chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXII T-shirt. M-XL $10. 2X $12. 3-4X $15. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

LINEN “cooling veil” (soak n go) - Dragon’s Magic #25

The Gypsy Caravan has expanded! Visit our new garb annex: garb from $12.50, middle eastern tent adornments, fabric to amaze the senses & the best prices on sarongs at the War! #105 Street of Gold

Never been worn - Ladies blue velvet dress w/reversalble black/red inset waist. Sice 35/39 & man’s lg black pirate’s shirt. Cash or barter. Floral striped tent in X02. Ask for Rebecca.

CLOAKS!! At Cloak & Dagger. Stay warm at night. #15

General

Rumor: Banners have been seen near the swamp displaying a monster crossed by lightning bolts. Who are the followers of such a strange banner?? And are the bolts striking or being wielded by the beast?

Argent Fox Music - Selling fine musical instruments & fencing gloves. We encourage full contact browsing. #34

Josef & Moonwulf - Thanks for keeping us cool & dry! We would not exist this year if it weren’t for your efforts. A toast to your health and happiness! - The PI Staff

Lost: My brain. Please return to PI front desk.

S: Come down here and I’ll poke your eye. I’m wearing “your” precious ring as a Prince Albert. Still want it? - Crazy Einar

If you can’t find Bards’ Haven camp we are at the very end of Winged Wolf Way on Willow Point/E-19. Come and enjoy our bardics now you know where to go.

Thanks to the best trim rolling workers. Katherine - Realm of Regalia, Space #176.

Lost: 1 raccoon. May have already exploded. Also wish for the bread dough. If found, please return to N21, Gilbert’s Grotto; Clan Chattan.

“Reunion”, the first music CD of Richie Monroe (Master Li Kung Lo) will be available in late November! Included are: blues, folk, “The Soldier’s Last Song”, “The Queen of Faerie’s Fee”, “Le Pela Finde”, and “The Woodsman Lay”. Check www.bardwire.com for progress reports.

Skirts hot and sticking? CORDED PETTICOAT !!! Lifts wet skirts and updrafts air for comfort. THE FULL CUP Site #10

To the New Mistress Clare, CONGRATULATIONS from the loons left at home.

A heartfelt thank you to Garth of the Crags for finding my dad. I lost my heart and you gave it back to me. Thank you, Misha.

The tribute longship doth sail again! Memorial shields may be purchased and painted with the arms of your choice at the Camp of the Boatbuilder, by the water’s edge, in Skraeling Althing - W18. Pray, do not leave it til the last minute - by Friday eve, if at all possible.

Lost - one white sheep, if found return to Black Dragons in N13. Lonely without her. Was wearing beads.

Debra J Raab, please stop by Badir Tribal Designs, Street of Gold re: purchase you made last year or eurohaus@earthlink.net after war. Thanks!

Please see Godfather of Hartshorn-Dale for safe return of pink/white flamingos.

Blades cleaned, sharpened, polished, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space #15.

WANTED: A ride for two people and a 12x7 tent and 3 or 4 bags going to Crownsville, MD. Willing to help pay for gas. Contact House Neptune Rising W02.

Help Wanted

Spiritual leader sought. Experience in handfasting for gay union. See Tara or Dvora in E12.

Battlefield Obituaries

Lady knight fought good and true. Side by side with her brave knight husband. Felled by an evil horde of urchins. Ye shall be missed.

Avenge! Avenge! Our King “ieter!” MidRealm rise! Avenge thy King, hit so hard in the Woods his “P” fell off.

Ah, poor William, thou wouldst not have been run through thy backside had thee not run from the battle.

Lord Loinsmiter: You have grievously injured my lord. The alchemist says he can perform a transplant. Your duty is clear. Your blade or mine? - Lady Wince

Meg, you are dead to us! Rest in peace. Love, the Vixens

Aleanora and Denira, I hope you died well. Love K.

Death is back. Seand a deatho’graph to those who you wish. For more details, see Horsa at House Ironwolf.

Personals

Couples in love come see our hand-braided wedding and commitment rings. Silver, gold and platinum. Todd Alan fine jewelry. Booth #158 Battle Road across from the Italian Ice.

Josef - Our lives will never be “normal.” Let’s just try for “happy.” I love you & miss you. Kiss the babies and Mom for me. Pennsic is not the same without you, but you are here in so many ways. Love, Your wif, Hierusalem

Congratulations Alexander of Hawkwood for being made a member of Red Company. From your friends and Catriona!

X02 Cait Blue Fuzzy Bunny seeking you. Housemates are going to eject me from camp for loud noise and torn tent. Come to HNR W02, Ask for F.B. aka Jason.

Lord Owain, I love you, Annoney.

Aeval, will you marry me again? This time I really mean it! Love, Wrolf

Tall, rubenesque lady, young 52, w/new knees seeks attainable love. Failing that, an affable gentleman with a good sense of humor to enhance Pennsic experience. Let’s start as friends! Cait, area X-02.

Greetings to Norseland! All our love, from Donnig, Farryn & Leona-Fiona.

Wanted: True Love. Inquire Bronwyn Jordemaine. Bazaar behind the barn.

Are you a Hibbie from Guinevere? Stop by Clann O’Choda for a visit and a cup of mead. Ghrys and Weyland.

Oh, Julian...I am enamoured of you. Your clinging, Fire.

Dietrich, I can hardly believe how time has flown! Happy Anniversary! I can't wait until you get home. Love, Gwyndlyn

Happy first Anniversary to his fastideousnessness and Sweety Bunny Fur.

Welcome to Pennsic. Please get off the phone. Turn off the FRS radio and enjoy the War!

Hic Turk yok mu? Seeking Turkish speakers. See Chelsea, Shire of Heronter, N13

Lord Hubert d'Avignon, your presence is sorely missed at home. For you I would gladly learn the tricky parts of Parson's Farewell. (What is a haye, anyway?) xoxoxo c.

An Evergreen rooted by others toil. The Scriptorium speaks.

Kiriak - I love you and miss you very much. Can't wait to see you and Max. WEAR PANTS!!!!!! Love, etc. - Lauretta

To old Meg & Saint Harold, enjoy your time in retirement. We know where to find you! The kids.

Harley’s mom, thanks for the snuggles. I can’t help falling in love with you. Your Reddfrogg.

Arx Ventus! Two years is too many. Next year for sure! Missing you all. Amanda, Ariel and Katherine

Eras, es, eris mine forever never to part...Beware of the almost full moon, when I shall unleash my passion. A dead-on target to you! Nare to be forgotten, Pigboy

Stranded in Singapore: Willow (Yang Liu) sends her love unto Myrkies, Regnesfolc, Chirurgeons and friends!

Pennsic 33 (2004)

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Geoffrey Scott well on his way toward 1500 fights

Lord Geoffrey Scott, an armoured fighter who intends to fight 1500 bouts before the end of Pennsic 33, reports that he had completed the first 303 bouts as of Wednesday evening.

The Pennsic Independent will provide further updates on Geoffrey's progress as the challenge continues.

Kopper Kettle Closed

Many of those who travel to Pennsic have enjoyed the home cooking at the Kopper Kettle, a dine-in restaurant near Coopers Lake. Unfortunately, the familiar "Welcome SCA" sign has been replaced with a "Closed for Renovation" sign.

According to New Castle locals, the sign has been up for almost a year. No one is certain if or when the Kopper Kettle will open again. Calls to the Kopper Kettle went unanswered as of Friday.

Magician Cleared of Witchcraft Charges

By Dr. Henry Best

At the Pennsic War, the Coxcomb Academy Graduation Show was jarringly
interrupted as an Inquisitor charged the show's master of ceremonies,
Captain Matthew Christopher, with witchcraft. Captain Christopher is a well
known performer of magic tricks, some of which confound normal explanation.
The Inquisitor, brandishing a copy of the Malleus Maleficarum, bombastically
informed the Captain that his beloved ship, the H.M.S. Peregrine, had been
impounded, along with all his worldly possessions, and demanded to hear an
immediate plea to the charges of Witchcraft and Consorting with Diabolic
Powers. The erstwhile Captain, glancing around for his stage manager, Dr.
Henry Best, and finding himself high and dry without support of any kind,
pleaded "not guilty". Dr. Best, a wise and well educated man, is reported to
have fled the scene several minutes earlier upon sighting the Malleus
Maleficarum, also known as "The Witch Hammer". Christopher appealed to his
Laurel, Finn Jarl Herjolfsson, for protection. Apparently finding the
prospect of facing the Inquisition unpalatable, Finn confiscated his
apprentice's belt, saying "I am unable to protect you, and probably have
been for quite some time." The courageous Jarl then appealed to the Crown of
the Middle Kingdom for protection for his disowned apprentice, before
bravely stepping away from the Inquisitor's gaze.

King Felix, called "the Decisive", and his lovely Queen Madeleina, called
"the Bright", were in attendance at the show. Felix and Madeleina strode
boldly onto the stage and faced off the Inquisitor on Matthew's behalf.
Citing both his value as an entertainer, and his illuminating treatise on
performance magic, "The Well-Versed Conjuror's Bag of Tricks", which by
coincidence was dedicated directly to Felix and Madeleina, the Crown
pardoned Matthew Christopher of all charges, restored his goods, and charged
him to stand vigil to join the Order of the Laurel, and so be in direct
fealty to the Crown, for his own protection. Felix stated that the elevation
would take place at Northshield Coronation, and that he would create a
Laurel and a Kingdom all in one day, which this reporter deems a good day's
work for anyone.

As the crowd of Laurels, Royalty, and Inquisition left Matthew alone and
staggering upon the stage, Dr. Best made a reappearance, clipboard in hand,
and reminding Matthew that "the show must go on", bade him introduce the
next act. The Coxcomb Academy then resumed its business of showcasing the
acts of its hard working and talented students.

The rumored sightings of Capt. Matthew Christopher in the company of a cat
with sleek black fur are, at present, unconfirmed.

Vigil and Elevation Information:

Matthew Christopher will stand a vigil at the Tournament of the Rose,
September 18th. Although he welcomes advice from other peers, he is
specifically holding a vigil that day to gain advice from the Ladies of the
Rose, and will grant them precedence to speak. http://brendoken.org/rose/

The elevation will take place at the Northshield Coronation, October 16th.
Matthew will stand vigil for one hour before elevation, isolated in silent
meditation. There will be a reception following court, by grace of the new
Kingdom of Northshield, for any peers wishing to advise the new Midrealm
peer, himself only minutes older than that kingdom.
http://www.silfrenmere.org/Events/coronation/

Congratulations and advice may also be sent to the vigilant at
matthew@coxcomb.org

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As with any large software upgrade, we've encountered some small glitches in the Pennsic Independent transition. Coincidentally, an unrelated problem with the web hosting provider hit at the same time. ...

Believe it or not, the migration to the new software that now runs the PI Web Edition was a very smooth process. There is still a problem accessing the PDF version of the Pennsic Independent (paid subscribers only), but we expect to have that fixed later tonight (Wednesday, August 4).

On the exact same evening when we had just finished installing the new software, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack was launched by spammers against the hosting company that manages the PI's physical server hardware. This sort of attack usually relies on Windows computers that are infected with a special kind of virus program, which can be triggered remotely by the attacker to launch millions of bogus connection requests against the target. PI wasn't specifically the targeted web site; we just happened to get caught in the crossfire.

Robin Gallowglass, one of the hardware administrators, acted quickly to deal with the problem, but it still took most of the night and part of the next day to recover. (Incidentally, the PI server wasn't security-compromised, just temporarily overloaded with workload.) During the time when the DoS attack was in progress, we could not work on finishing the site upgrade.

All of this is, hopefully, behind us, and we are taking care of the last couple of minor problems. Everything should be working fine before Pennsic. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Justin

PI Web Technical Staff

Pennsic Independent publisher elevated to the peerage! The Known World rejoices!

With great support and acclaim, Pennsic Independent Publisher Heirusalem Crystoma was elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Midrealm Crown Tourney in the Shire of Narrental last Saturday, October 30th, A.S. XXXIX.

In their wisdom, HRMs Brannos and Rebekah granted the boon of Mistress Margherita Alessia, Society Exchequer, to elevate her protege. Sung in by the Rivenstar Madrigal Singers and followed by her family as well as the staff of the Pennsic Independent, House Rodentia, and House Von Metton-de Grinstead. Twelve notables from all across the Middle Kingdom as well as Ealdormere and Æthelmearc read the virtues of THL Heirusalem so that all may know her worthiness. With that, she accepted her cloak from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Society Chronicler and Pennsic Independent Editor-in-Chief and also received the legendary Constellation medallion of the Order from close friend Master Sigulf Karlnar. After Their Draconian Majesties made her a Pelican, she was sung out of the hall to original music written and performed by Mistress T'Sivia Tamara v’Amberview, Pennsic Independent Features Reporter.

The staff of the Pennsic Independent is immensely proud that our publisher has finally gotten the recognition that she has so long deserved. Hoobah for Mistress Heirusalem.

Pennsic Novelty Shoots Information

SCAtoday reports information on the Pennsic Novelty Archery Shoots.

Traffic advisories for highways near Pennsic

Travel to Pennsic may be a little slower in the next few days due to highway construction in the vicinity of Cooper's Lake Campground.

Several individuals have advised the Pennsic Independent that Interstate 79 is under construction in the vicinity of Pennsic, and that U.S. Route 422 is being repaved just west of the Pennsic site, basically the area between Pennsic and New Castle PA. The resurfacing on U.S. 422 is expected to be completed within the next several days.

In both cases, traffic is maintained but motorists may experience delays. Please drive with caution, especially in and near construction zones.

Update on Pennsic Weather Conditions

People planning to travel to Pennsic have asked us for an update on what conditions are like here at War, and we are glad to oblige.

A number of folks have asked us to post an update about ground (read: mud) conditions for the benefit of those making plans to set up camp in the next few days.

The good news is that the weather has been mostly gorgeous so far, with highs around 75F and lows in the 50s F. There have been some light showers, but not enough rain to cause major problems with mud. As of noon on Thursday, August 12, the ground is damp but not soggy, the sky is overcast, and there is currently no precipitation here.

You can also check the five-day forecast by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Weather Report block on the left edge of this page.

We’ve Moved!

After several years on Services Row, The Pennsic Independent is relocating to the Barn area. Our new home is just behind the Once Again Inn. We are hoping our new location will be more convenient for many of you. Please come see us!

PI Web Edition -- Saturday, August 21, 2004

This is the web edition of the Pennsic Independent for August 21, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

Dragon takes final battle, storms fort

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After 27 War Points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 3, Mother Nature 7 (pending archery war points)

Having been stormed out on Thursday, both the great armies of the Midrealm and the East assembled for the final time this Pennsic hoping to storm into something: the Pennsic fort. Each side was given a chance to both defend and attack the fort, with the side that held out longer claming the final heavy fighting war point of Pennsic XXXIII.

To spice things up a bit, the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia brought out several large “breastworks” and used them to bar the way to the fort. Several attacking fighters were designated sacrificial lambs and cleared the breastworks by force. Several other gentles were felled by another new weapon: “boiling oil,” poured off the battlements.

The East and its allies defended the fort first. The Tyger placed Atlantia, Markland and the Great Dark Horde on the east gate, Black Talon, Three Skulls and other on the central gate and Æthelmearc and the Northern Army on the west gate.

The fight for all three gates was called “a meat grinder” by several gentles that witnessed the fight. However, the critical breakout came from the west gate with elements of the Oaken and Darkyard armies leading the charge. After the breakout, the end was soon in coming and the East surrendered the fort in a time of 19:21.
After a brief break, the sides reversed with the Midrealm defending the fort. The Dragon assigned Calontir, Cleftlands and Ironlance to the east gate, Northshield, Trimaris and other allies to the central gate and Darkyard, South Oaken and Red Wing Lion to the west gate. House Darkmoon was held in central reserve surrounding His Majesty’s banner.

For about 20 minutes. The East’s advances were held in check. But at roughly the 20-minute mark, all three gate defenses seemed to collapse simultaneously. House Darkmoon attempted to fend off the surging Eastern fighters, but could not stem the tide. However, the marshals ruled that the Midrealm had held the fort for 21 minutes, giving the Midrealm the war point.

Addressing his troops after the battle, HRM Felix of the Middle waxed poetic.

“It had been a great and humbling experience to lead this army,” Felix said. “You have made me very proud.”

Dwarves vs. Giants Tournament
One of Pennsic’s most recognized novelty tournaments took place Friday as the Barony of Carolingia hosted its annual Dwarves vs. Giants tournament. The Giants (those 6-foot-3 and over) met the Dwarves (those 5-foot-6 and under) in melees, single combats and “handicapped” melees, where the Giants fought on their knees. Despite light-hearted height insults that were traded between the sides, all had great fun.

Known World Squires Tournament
Pennsic’s final armored tournament was the Known World Squires Tournament, which had to be postponed from Thursday due to the storms. Despite the postponement and a driving rain, 69 squires took part in a double elimination, Atlantian speed tournament to determine the best squire. In the end, Lord Douglas Henry of the East claimed the tournament.

Saturday’s featured battle: The great scrum of dragons heading for the exits! Seriously, VIVAT, HOOBAH, WASSAIL and HUZZAH to my fellow warrior watchers and the noble gentles who fight for us. See you at Pennsic XXXIV.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: A view from Mt. Eislinn.

Fencing Week Wraps Up

By Liam St. Liam

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Collette Le Vallois and Lord Tora Taka are at different stages of their SCA fencing careers, but each was able to claim victory in two tournaments during Pennsic War Week.

Collette, who is from Pentamere in the Middle Kingdom, won her own kingdom’s Youth Rapier tournament Friday, defeating Simone D’Aubrey of Ealdormere in the finals of the five-person tournament.

Earlier in the week, Collette won the Æthelmearc Youth Tournament by posting more kills than the same runner-up, Simone.

“I am glad I had just a good opponent,” said Collette, who has been fencing three years and is attending her first Pennsic. “He’s very, very good.”

Youth rapier marshal Lord Gilebert de Dijon pointed out that in Friday’s tournament, Cyrus of Iron Wolf gave five points of honor during the competition.

Lord Tora, who won the East Kingdom Tournament earlier in the week, has been fencing for 17 years and put together two tourney victories in three days.

Friday’s victory came in the Outlands/St. Liam’s Tournament, which drew 29 rapier fighters for a pool-to-single-elimination tournament.

Lord Tora defeated Don Antonio Patriquin in the finals. Lord Tora took Don Antonio’s dagger on the first contact, then gave up his own dagger before hitting Don Antonio to the chest for the victory.

“I’ve been watching him fight all week, and I was still too close,” said Don Antonio, and Eastern don who defeated fellow Easterner Sir Ivan Ulricsson in the semifinals. Lord Tora defeated Midrealm champion Lord Martin of Hawkswood in the semifinals.

Over 40 Tourney


Lord Greylond Crow made the most of his first visit to Pennsic, winning the Over-40 Tournament, which is sponsored by Don Nigel of Castle West.

Lord Greylond is from Atlantia’s Barony of Hawkwood. In the finals, he defeated Don Jordan Harvey of the East Kingdom. The tourney prize was a hand-made wooden buckler.

Women’s tourney


Lady Lilias de Cheryngton of the Barony of Carolingia in the East Kingdom topped the 14-woman field in Pennsic’s first Women’s Rapier Tournament. Lady Lilis defeated Kara of Cynnabar, a Midrealm fencer, in the finals.

Other semifinalists were Emeline Patterson of Concordia in the East and Brighid McCumnal of the Midrealm.

Novice tourney


Eighteen fencers competed in the third annual Æthelmearc Novice Bear Pit Tournament.

In the Epee Bear Pit, Terrence Merit McKlay of Misty Highlands in Æthelmearc was the winner, and Caitlin Woodmane of the Eastern Barony of Bergental was the runner-up.

Travis Bond of Thor’s Mountain in Meridies was the winner of the Schlager portion of the tournament, and Benjamin of Hunter’s Home was second.

Prizes were donated by Darkwood Armory and Zen Warrior Armory.

Quest completed


Don Raphael Di Angelo chose to make his fencing quest more difficult, but he competed it nonetheless. Instead of simply fighting 1,000 bouts, he chose to keep going until he won 1.000 times. He completed that at midweek after fencing a total of 1,140 bouts.

In some fencing-related awards, Reginald D’Argoogle, one of the oldest fencers in the Middle Kingdom, received a Bronze Ring. Ronan Lynceus, an Eastern fencer and the captain of the Queen’s Guard, received a Court Barony.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: Leading the charge at Fencing Melee War Point on Wednesday.

One Knight at Pennsic

Once More Unto the Breech


By Sir Guillaume “Rain Stops, Everyone Buggers Off” de la Belgique

When do you know the war is really over? When your pavilion hits the ground? When your armor is in its bag? When you begin to wonder where on earth you parked your car?

For me, it’s that moment when, at the edge of Hwy. 422, I reach forward and turn on the radio. I’m always astonished that none of the local stations carry any information about who won the castle battle, or what the King of Æthelmearc had to say at closing court, or who got knighted on the field. All they’re talking about are obscure issues like the Presidential campaign, the standings in the National League or reviews of the movies that opened yesterday. The reminder that the world goes on despite the events at Pennsic is always somewhat of a shock to me.

But, to be honest, it’s a good thing to be reminded that the SCA is just a game. For two weeks we’ve been focused on war points, A&S classes, court politics and peerage business. We need to remember that our universe is but a small drop in the ocean of humanity. We need to keep in mind that unless we take something with us as we leave the gates of Cooper’s Lake, all our time and energy here is wasted.

We need to leave here recharged and refocused. We need to bear with us a sense of honor, fair play, decency and respect. When we leave here, we become the standard bearers of noble behavior and ethical principles, even though we may be venturing out into a world where those things seem to be in short supply. Although it may be concealed beneath our business suits, our work clothes or our uniforms, we need to carry a part of Pennsic with us every day.

We need to look forward to Pennsic XXXIV not by planning greater embellishments to our campsites or crafting new pieces of armor, but by working to bring the ideals of the Current Middle Ages to those poor, benighted individuals who live outside the boundaries of this place.

As many people will remind us today, it’s just a 50-week trip into town. Remember, our quest during that trip is to leave the places we visit a little better than we found them. Fare well.

Miss the chance to get Guillaume’s books and audio CDs at Pennsic XXXIII? Don’t forget, you can always buy (and enjoy more original stories) on-line at www.SirGuillaume.com

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Announcements

Contest Results

Known World Petanque tournament: RS-15/CM-10

Events Open to All

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller’s Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald’s Point.

Metalsmiths’ Symposium 3 - Shire of Montevale and Shire of Silver Rylle - Nov 12-14, 2004. Forging, casting, glasswork of all sorts, jewelry making classes! Plus pottery making, herb classes, calligraphy and illumination, perfume making, and more for forge widowers! Children’s clases as well! For info on the event or to teach a class, contact Carowyn Silveroak and Corwyn Ravenwing at oakenraven@juno.com or check out the event at the SCA website under East Kingdom Events! Come and have fun! Other kingdoms are more than welcome to come play! (Let us know if you are planning to bring a forge!)

If you have consulted at Herald’s Point and have not yet paid for forms or submissions, you must do so by 1pm Saturday. Unpaid submissins will not be sent to the Kingdom submissions heralds.

Rose Tourney, Sept. 18, in Brendoken. C/ck from the MK calendar.

“Hunt for the Beast” Labor Day weekend. September 3-5 NW Ohio. Very west site has cabins and camping, fields, woods, feast hall, showers and flushies. Heavy, archery, thrown weapons, hawking demo, feast. See Pale/Midrealm events website. scaotto@yahoo.com

For Sale

Apartment for rent, 3 beds, Pittsfield, MA, $675/month. Sarah (203)345-6728 or camping with Lurkr, N20

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Evil Abra has awesome Middle Eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - NOW AVAILABLE FROM Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

If you ran out of money or time and didn’t buy something you saw at Cabochons - don’t despair! We do mail order! Call us at (603)654-2601. Don’t forget our masks, hand dyed silk scarves, ceramic cookie stamps and shortbread molds, god, goddess and saint images, miniatures, woodburning, painted boxes and all the rest! If we make it we can custom make it for you! Write us at tchipakkan@eternalviper.net

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.

COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursula’s Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

TRAVEL SAFE!! See you next year! Dragon’s Magic

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Come visit Evil Abra’s. Acres of silver, 3000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

20’ x 40’ canopy kit $175; Most of a 16’ yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

Tend and bed - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it’s 100% usable space. Asking $1500. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Garb Closeout! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children’s garb. All must go! Lowering prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

16’ yurt w/ 2 doors, 6’ walls. $1000 OBO. Clan Kerr, E02.

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

14x24 oval marquee - blue and white $900 or best reasonable offer. See Maira or Torguiil in N16, Sternfeld
Two handmade Ukrainian/Russian belt knives. Must see to appreciate. $75 each or $125 for pair. Also have a Toledo sword with a brass hilt. Castle on one side and rampant lion on the other side. See Erik at Haus Nein House Camp in N-30.

Rapier Armor Drop Tester for sale, $30. Contact Aelfwine Pyttel, Mustard’s Field on block N03.

Armored Combat - an illustrated training manual of SCA heavy fighting by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Available free online at www.bellatrix.org. New video demos coming soon. Group trainings by arrangement.

Pirate shirts $20, Pirate pants $15. Handmade jewelry in 65 in different stones and silver. We do custom work. Space #21. Heeter’s Haven 814-720-5314.

PERIOD PAVILION - 13’ and slant round, all incl. Tentsmiths $1000 - see Kender, Clan Kindred E31
Has your Mystic Mail delivery disappointed you this year at Pennsic? If so, please visit our new business, amazinglaptops.com, after next week!

Sidesaddle-western style. Suitable for pagents. Medium tree, 18 inch seat $300 OBO. pella98@aol.com
Going home sale - Horse Tails camp furniture. Folding tables, trunks, bed orders taken, site #4. See Mawsho.
Pavilion Rental - See me for renting a period pavilion with a clothes bar for next Pennsic. Many sizes. Site #4. See Mawsho.

T-SHIRTS $5. Pennsic t-shirts. Hammond Crafts, Bazaar #1, booth Z13.

General

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Once again I would like to thank all of the lords, ladies and good gentles of the Pennsic War for their support of our urchins. Each year their coverage of Pennsic improves with your support. Thanks to you all! Your urchin wrangler, Lady Aurora

Help Wanted

Wanted: Large, burly man with good organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Newspapers and compensation. See Heirusalem at the Pennsic Independent.

Claus the Toymaker still needs wandering merchants to sell t-shirts for the Chiurgeon’s Fund. Come to site 24.

Twelve year old on the serengeti will babysit for a couple of hours and will also do ice runs. Leave messages at Rivenstar for Smerelda the Helpful.

Personals

Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate School—PooBah!

AnnaRousse...Je t'aime pour toujours...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Taern McGregor and L. Catherine Seton belatedly wish to announce their engagement - date to be set later.

NOTICE TO THE FRIENDS OF SOLOMON BEN JACOB (SHERWIN KADER): He is ill this war and was not able to come. He is ill and not able to make it this War. All are welcome to stop at merchant booth #56, Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile. I am collecting a book of get well wishes to send him after the War. Keep him in your hearts and we will see him next year. Isak Darkcraft.

Barbara J. Smart : please return to the Merlion’s Tail.

Armand - too long til next yr. Hugs n smooch! Miranda

KUMIHIMO - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumi2

Thing one and thing two say neener neener boo boo.

Winner! of the Robin Wood Midnight Madness raffle: #652351 - Lynn McMillen

Unto Caitlin of Enniskillen, CONGRATULATIONS and a very big hug from Mistress Christina O'Riain - I wish I could have been there for your big day. Well deserved, Mistress. I expect to see pictures and hear tales of the festivities once you return from the plains of Pennsic. Safe travels.

‘Till the end of time Annarousse will love” The Boy’s Dad

Basha, we’re sorry. We will no longer know the delight of your body. Congratulations! Love, Morningwood.

To friends not here -- I raise my glass. We miss you Robert - Pennsic Independent.

Papalou n’est plus! Papamou! Papamou!

To Yellow From Stripe - I love you. I thank you.

Heirusalism of the day “I’m living a surreal life.” Have you been Heirusalated? Have you seen anyone Heirusalating? Share your Heirusal-love! Congratulations to our Proto-Pelican!

Fergus - My life, both mundane and SCAdian, is wonderful because I share it with you. I hope that all our Pennsics are as special as this one. You are the twinkle in my eye, the laugh on my lips, and the love of my heart. Now and forevermore - Maggie

You who struggled the rough road with your burden,

Armor to fight a waiting foe,

Your view of the natural order of things,

is most desperately flawed.

A lady who stopped to let you pass by,

A lady whom you did not know,

said, “Lord, I yield the way to you.”

No courtesy did you show.

You said, “It’s the natural order of things.”

Meaning that you should come first.

But, you made a serious misstep, my lord,

For the lady you did not know.

I am said lady and I am a bard,

And I have a mem’ry of steel,

For all of your burdens you never have carried,

A wound such as stories can wield.

I know not your name or the camp where you rest,

I know not your purpose in war,

But the natural order of things demands grace,

Of which you have none rest assured.

The natural order of things, my lord

Is that ladies and bards deserve thanks,

One is for chivalry, the other for words,

Above all your rude ways they rank.

On this particular day, for this particular reason, we send this message bearing our good wishes. Happy Birthday Oswald. Love, from House Bluebrick.

To the people who took Misty Highlands and Greenwood’s signs: You are the most dishonorable, unchivalrous, disrespectful low-lifes at Pennsic. Using our heraldry to test your idiotic theories of hydroengineering in a ditch is neither amusing nor appropriate. I hope you develop some remnant of honor and courtesy.

Sorcha - Thank you for sharing my war and my life and making each that much more magical. We have our foundation now, let’s build the rest of our lives together. As always, these words are inadequate to the feeling in my heart. I love you very, very much - Alasdair

PI Web Edition -- Friday, August 20, 2004

This is the web edition of the Pennsic Independent for August 20, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

Photo by Johan of Rivenstar: Snake charmer charms the crowd at the Bazaar.

Mother Nature Scatters the Forces

by DonalBane of Blakmers

After 22 War Points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 2 — Mother Nature 6!

The combined forces of the Midrealm and East ran headlong into an enemy that neither force could master: a furious midday storm on Thursday.

Despite a driving rain throughout the morning, a good numbers of Midrealm and East forces assembled Thursday for the Mountain Pass battle. The two sides were to contest three banners in two one-hour battles.

However, during a hold about 25 minutes into the first battle, a lightning bolt struck close to the field, forcing the marshals to order the battlefield cleared. While the two forces were prepared to wait out the storm, two more lightning bolts struck too close to the camp and the marshals ordered all fighters to leave the battlefield immediately. The storm forced the battlefield to be closed for several hours Thursday.

Friday’s featured melee: The fort battle – 11 a.m., one point.

The grand finale for rattan fighters happens at the fort. This year, the attacking force will have a single causeway from which to assault the fort. Both sides will be give a chance to attack and defend the fort, with the side that holds out longer taking the war point.

What to look for: Assaulting the fort through the main gate can be defined simply: suicide. Look for both sides to use creative ways to penetrate the forts massive defenses.

Behind the Scenes at the Pennsic Independent

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

In five years as editor of Pennsic newspapers, I have often been asked what goes on behind the scenes. Trust me. You don’t want to know. We at the Independent guard our secrets better than most Peerage circles. Oh the tales I could tell…

Ahem.

Our day normally begins a little before 9 am. On the days we are publishing, the papers arrive from the printers and the circulation desk allots them out to our urchins — the kids who deliver the papers. The tradition of having urchins goes back many, many years, before there were many organized children’s activities at Pennsic. We couldn’t do it without them and consider them a vital part of our staff. The kids not only earn ten cents per paper they sell, plus any tips they receive, they also receive a variety of bonuses for selling a certain number of papers each day. Lady Aurora, our circulation manager (or urchin wrangler) works with both the kids and their parents to make sure the rules are understood by all. We try to make sure that each urchin has a “route” that they sell in, so that as many areas of Pennsic as possible are served. Many get quite creative with poems and songs to sell their papers. We also have many kids who have grown up at Pennsic selling the paper. We give them a great deal of responsibility, and they respond wonderfully.

Meanwhile, the front desk opens for advertising and submissions. We have a 1 pm deadline for all advertising, since the ads are the most labour-intensive aspect of the newspaper. We create many of the display ads on-site, and have a full graphics shop in our trailer. Classified ads are entered into a database, meaning that we need enter a multi-day ad only once. All work is done on Macintosh computers, using a program called InDesign for layout. Lady Shannon, our advertising manager, and Lady Moire, our production manager, work throughout the early part of the day to prepare thumbnails of the paper so we will know how much space we have for articles, and to make the decisions (along with THL Heirusalem, our publisher, and the editorial staff) as to how long the paper will be. We always try to make sure that advertising and non-commercial content are approximately equal, with the exception of our special Midnight Madness advertising section.

We have three regular staff “beat” reporters — Baroness Tsivia, who specializes in non-martial activities, Master Liam, who is our fencing/archery/thrown weapons/etc. reporter, and Lord Donalbane, who is our battlefield reporter (and a sports reporter in his modern life). They work from leads provided by our customers, as well as from the printed schedules and their own intuition for finding interesting stories. In addition, we have our three featured writers — Og, Duke Sir Guillaume, and “Lord Red the Green” (who is actually one of our regular staffers...shhh... Other members on staff (such as me) also contribute articles from time to time, and we also have a number of freelancers who regularly provide content. Photos are provided by staff members and freelance submissions, and artwork is either done by our staff artist, Lady Muirne, or by freelance contributions. Anyone is welcome to contribute articles, artwork, or photos, although there is no guarantee we’ll have space to use them.

We also have arrangements with members of the Pennsic staff to obtain the A&S class changes and camp news, which are both published as a service to our readers. This is in contrast to the advertising (both display and classified), which is purchased by merchants and other individuals. While we work to make sure no ad is offensive in content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy (or veracity!) of any advertisement.

By early evening, the last stories are in and the editorial staff (Lord Calvert and I) are in the process of selecting and editing the stories, picking out artwork and photos, and slotting stories into our thumbnails. As we finalize content, Lady Moire slots it into the layout. Proof copies are printed out and circulated amongst the editorial staff and our publisher.

Heirusalem’s duties, incidentally, are to manage the paper from a business standpoint (tracking all funds coming in and going out) — including the preparatory work before Pennsic in selling ads and working with the Coopers on setup, and to be the go-to person for any overall issues with the newspaper. She also manages the entire staff. Think of her as the “autocrat” of the Pennsic Independent.

When the paper is finally ready to send to the printers, Heirusalem calls Chauncey at Workman Press. The Pennsic Independent and many of its predecessors have had a long-standing arrangement with these folks, and while we have briefly tried other printers, we always have come back to Workman — they know our needs, will drive out to pick up the master copies, and even those times when the paper has been put to bed in the wee hours of the morning, the paper has always been delivered within an hour or so of 9 am. Chauncey drives to the gate and picks up the paper, which we have left with the guard. Overnight, the newspaper is printed, and at 9 am the next morning, the whole process begins again.

Those of you who are here at Pennsic may not even be aware of our online presence. This year, Master Justin, one of the people behind the SCAtoday.net news site, has put the software used for that site to good use to produce the online Pennsic Independent edition this year. Lord Calvert works to select several of the day’s top stories and photos for inclusion on the website, which is available free of charge and allows those cannot attend to keep up with Pennsic happenings. We have also offered PDF subscriptions for the first time this year, allowing subscribers to get the entire newspaper. Response has been excellent — we have several subscribers overseas in the Middle East, in fact.

Of course, like any newspaper, we make mistakes — sometimes big ones (I wonder whether a certain erstwhile King of the Middle ever found his P?), but we try to keep them to a minimum, and apologize profusely when they happen. We also strive to keep a sense of neutrality and objectivity — which is why you will not see stories about political issues, “my Crown/Kingdom/household is better (or worse) than those other guys” or other personal disputes in the Independent. We will not be used as a weapon to help fight other peoples’ battles, especially given that we come from several different kingdoms and probably do not know the context or history of these types of issues. At the same time, we strive to find content that is interesting and timely, and are always open to suggestions or volunteers. Feel free to let us know how we can improve YOUR newspaper.

Photo by Mistress Kay of Tre Astrium: Pennsic War XXXIII Pennsic Independent staff wraps up another year of production.

Known World Thrown Weapons Competition

The sixth annual Known World Thrown Weapons competition was held on Wednesday afternoon. After two and a half hours, the following winners were determined:

Axe
Jason Warren of Æthelmearc
Knife
Joe the Just of Æthelmearc
Spear
Dominic of the East

Dominic was also the overall winner.

The organizers would like to thank all the participants and Neptune, Arwenna, and Baroness Brigid for marshalling.

Estrogen and Axes

This thrown weapons competition was held for the second year and was open to all ladies of Æthelmearc, and was won by Hanna. Baroness Peregrine and Baroness Rowan competed for the second year. Lady Magdalena reports that next year the competition may be opened to ladies from all kingdoms.

Lightning Strikes Great Middle Highway

by the Pennsic Independent Editorial Staff

K3SCA, the amateur radio association which has provided weather forecasting services at Pennsic for the last eight years through their radio link with the National Weather Service, knew that yesterday’s storm was going to be a big one, and a whopper it was. At about noon a sizeable static spike, a branch off of a main lightning strike, came down approximately 15 to 20 feet away from Duke Talymar’s Gate near the Spotted Pony and across the street from the Midrealm Royal encampment. A second strike hit the Barn while the Chirurgeons’ Auction was going on. The lightning struck and melted some electrical wiring. The blast then went into a nearby tree causing some scorching as well as blowing leaves all over several pavilions, particularly the one belonging to Charles Oakley, Seneschal of the Midrealm.

Although yesterday’s storm was not related to the dual hurricanes that recently hit Trimaris, it is a significant system running from the Calontir-Midrealm border all the way to the Atlantian coast.

Some gentles, including Pennsic Independent reporter Tatiana, felt mild effects from the lightning strike at the barn. HRM Cainnleach of the Outlands also experienced static sparks from her fingertips. Many of these gentles sought treatment at Chirurgeon’s Point. Jean-Paul Pierrepont and Flaxy, the radio operators from K3SCA, stated that if this had been the main strike instead of a less powerful static spike, the damage could have been extensive. Thanks to the nature of this type of strike there were no serious injuries.

Photo: Thursday's lightning strike showered leaves on a pavilion.

Rain Soaks Many Activities

by Master Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Like the French army at Agincourt, residents of Pennsic loathe having to cope with rain, especially the heavy thunderstorms that hit Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Merchants found “Midnight Madness” slower than in years past, partly because they had to bring their display tables inside their tents. Thursday morning was also slow, because many merchants open a little later the day after “Midnight Madness.” Food merchants, on the other hand, did a solid morning business, especially at times the rain let up. Later in the day, more shoppers ventured out as the end of the War neared.

The Mountain Pass battles got started but was ended by lightning, which closed the field for much of the day. The third Rapier War Point, the Woods Melee, was postponed at first, with the possibility of an Open Field Battle, but that plan fell victim to another set of heavy showers. The Drachenwald Mixed Pairs tournament was also rained out.

Many people reported problems with water in their tents, ranging from a distracting drip to major puddles and soaked bedclothes. A few even packed up early and headed home. There were no major injuries reported in a static lightning strike. Atlantia’s Wednesday evening court, which was held at the Pennsic Fort, finished just before the rain started. Ealdormere Court in the Barn was nearly drowned out at one point by the sound of heavy rain.

The rain kept archers off the hill most of the day, . That leaves today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the last chance to shoot the Mass Archery War Point. There will be children’s archery championships held this morning at the archery field.

Thrown weapons events were rained out after what had been a very successful week. Lord Leonhard Schuwert of the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the East Kingdom Pennsic marshal, said the range has been busy all week prior to Thursday.

He said the beginners’ classes are averaging 35 people a day, and he keeps three ranges going — one for practice, one for teaching and one for competition. He said 15 people from eight kingdoms are part of the Marshal in Training program. Lord Leonhard said between 100 and 200 people use the range daily. He hopes that in the future, the Royals organizing Pennsic will consider a mass thrown weapons point similar to the three mass archery points.

There are three specialty fencing tournaments starting at 10 this morning — the Midrealm Youth Rapier Tournament, the Aethelmearc Novice Tournament and the Seniors (Over 40) Tournament. The Outlands Rapier Tournament is at 1 p.m., and the Ladies Tournament is at 2 p.m. Closing Court is scheduled for 6 tonight at the Barn.

Unclassifieds

 

Events Open to All

The Society Exchequer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Reform Jewish services at #11 Bow Street, behind Silver Dragon Co. 7PM Friday Evening. Oneg follows.

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Cloak & Dagger welcomes noted author Michael Z. Williamson. Now signing copies of Freehold, the Hero and the Scope of Justice in booth #15.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald's Point.

Bardic Arts Forums! Come and take part in our discussions. A&S tent 7, 6pm every day.

Pennsic Drive-In hours, Dusk:30 Thurs-- children's choice (Shrek, Willow, Ice Age, Quest for Camelor), Fri - Viewers choice - 20 period movies to choose from. Booth 130.

Metalsmiths' Symposium 3 - Shire of Montevale and Shire of Silver Rylle - Nov 12-14, 2004. Forging, casting, glasswork of all sorts, jewelry making classes! Plus pottery making, herb classes, calligraphy and illumination, perfume making, and more for forge widowers! Children's clases as well! For info on the event or to teach a class, contact Carowyn Silveroak and Corwyn Ravenwing at oakenraven@juno.com or check out the event at the SCA website under East Kingdom Events! Come and have fun! Other kingdoms are more than welcome to come play! (Let us know if you are planning to bring a forge!)

Friday Eve Bardic: Clann OiCarrinnin on Bannockburn, in B02. Last wagon up the hill between 7:30 and 8:00pm. Not a competition, all welcome to share.

If you have consulted at Herald's Point and have not yet paid for forms or submissions, you must do so by 1pm Saturday. Unpaid submissions will not be sent to the Kingdom submissions heralds.

Rose Tourney is coming! Fighters, you have until Sept. 18 to fix armor and show up in Brendoken. www.brendoken.org

For Sale

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchant Row sells ink, quill mens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - NOW AVAILABLE FROM Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row

Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.

COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

SALE CONTINUES: of fine fabrics - Dragon's Magic #25

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

Evil Abra has awesome Middle Eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 108 Street of Gold.

20' x 40' canopy kit $175; Most of a 16' yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

If we've got it, you don't need it, but you probably want it anyway. Jewelry, masks, fortune telling, portraits...Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Garb Closeour! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Loewing prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

Panther Pavilion for sale, 16x16, 3 yrs old. 7 ft walls. Ropes, stakes, poles included $850, Erevnite Asteron, N22.

For sale - 8x12 Marquee. Good condition, some wear. Take home at the end of war - $500. See Angus at Clan Kerr, E02

12x12 Pavilion for sale. $1000 OBO. See Zarifa at Brotherhood of the Black Rose, E17.

16' yurt w/ 2 doors, 6' walls. $1000 OBO. Clan Kerr, E02.

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

Capture Pennsic memories w/our fair Middle Eastern ladies and gentles. Middle Eastern photo set w/you being in pose, being fed grapes/being fanned by our Middle Eastern Models Ln. Kreations Gallry, booth 130. Corner of Bazaar St. and Plunder Lane.

For Sale - Panther Regent 16x16 tent w/set up pkg. $750. 4 yrs old - pick up Sat. Chris at Dancing fox camp - E01

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Warlords - Need coin to pay your troops? See Chandra at the West Camp (W03) or contact Seelie at 226 in Bazzar 3. We also have a limited supply of blank sheet for moneyers.

For Sale: Two pavilions - One 12' x18' and one 16' x 21', ropes, poles and stakes included. Blue Unicorn Merchants pavilions for sale. One 12'x18' for $800 and one 16' x21' for $900, complete set-up included. Pick-up Sat. after 8pm or Sun by 10am. Space 181.

Infrastructure for sale: Two carports; 12x16 and 12x14 Panthers; 12' hardwood yurt, 10x10 shower with new 40 gal heater and heater. Take on Saturday or will store with nonrefundable deposit for land grab 2005. Michael at the Village - N03 at Sedalias Way. 631-455-4690. Reasonable offers considered.

Pennsic scrap book - tooled leather cover w/artwork. 12x12 in book. Will personalize $58.00. Place order today, delivery before Christmas Ô04. Booth 130.

Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 2000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

14x24 oval marquee - blue and white $900 or best reasonable offer. See Maira or Torguiil in N16, Sternfeld

Two handmade Ukrainian/Russian belt knives. Must see to appreciate. $75 each or $125 for pair. Also have a Toledo sword with a brass hilt. Castle on one side and rampant lion on the other side. See Erik at Haus Nein House Camp in N-30.

Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Toys aren't just for kids you know. Come check out the gorgeous and magical dragons. griffons and faeries at Claus the Toymaker - the red and green house across from the barn. Price range from $30 to Oh My Goodness!

Rapier Armor Drop Tester for sale, $30. Contact Aelfwine Pyttel, Mustard's Field on block N03.

Armored Combat - an illustrated training manual of SCA heavy fighting by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Available free online at www.bellatrix.org. New video demos coming soon. Group trainings by arrangement.

Pirate shirts $20, Pirate pants $15. Handmade jewelry in 65 in different stones and silver. We do custom work. Space #21. Heeter's Haven 814-720-5314.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

PERIOD PAVILION - 13' and slant round, all incl. Tentsmiths $1000 - see Kender, Clan Kindred E31

Wooden canopy bed for sale. Includes brocade dagged curtains. Beautiful! N33, Barony of Stonemarche, $450.

New book about the SCA! to preview or order: www.knightsnextdoor.com available in October 2004.

Sidesaddle-western style. Suitable for pagents. Medium tree, 18 inch seat $300 OBO. pell98@aol.com

General

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Volunteer Point totals so far: Artemesia 66; Lochac 4; Caid 40; Calontir 93; Drachenwald 8; Ealdomere 312; East 488; Meridies 7; Middle 468; Northshield 3; Trimaris 2. Remember to record your hours!

Help Wanted

Wanted: Large, burly man with good organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Newspapers and compensation. See Heirusalem at the Pennsic Independent.

Claus the Toymaker still needs wandering merchants to sell t-shirts for the Chiurgeon's Fund. Come to site 24.

Strongman with hammer needed by Guild of Limners to pound woad. See Baroness Megan at site 24.

Twelve year old on the serengetti will babysit for a couple of hours and will also do ice runs. Leave messages at Rivenstar for Smerelda the Helpful.

Lost & Found

A reward is offered for the return of the spur reportedly found, but as yet missing. Contact Thrain of House Gray Fox in N-18 to negotiate for its return.

Personals

Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate SchoolÑPooBah!

AnnaRousse...Loving you till the end of time...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

DAOC friends, come visit camp of Gwyntarien - Howard's Fenway - Aldric & Morwena Greystone. Share stories.

Taern McGregor and L. Catherine Seton belatedly wish to announce their engagement - date to be set later.

NOTICE TO THE FRIENDS OF SOLOMON BEN JACOB (SHERWIN KADER): He is ill this war and was not able to come. He is ill and not able to make it this War. All are welcome to stop at merchant booth #56, Darkcraft's Wandering Mercantile. I am collecting a book of get well wishes to send him after the War. Keep him in your hearts and we will see him next year. Isak Darkcraft.

Barbara J. Smart : please return to the Merlion's Tail.

Armand - Can I take you home from Pennsic w/me? - M

Markland Army Rocks! Huzza to all! - Strawberry

"Lady" Atriel - your "court" misses you. 'Till next War.

Oskar to Ballista Babes: Cast your Lightning! Leave no Red Dragon standing, and sweep the Castle clean. May the Ravens drink deep.

Congratulations on the Tyger, Caewlin! The Evil Norman Overlord might even let you sleep inside near the hearth when you get back. Oskar

Red-headed sheep with pretty face seeks clueless wire-weenie, living in parents' basement, for long walks and cuddling.

Baba Ganoosh where R U? Report to Steding ASAP

A heartfelt thank you to the gentle who turned my very special knife into the Lost and Found at the end of the war last year. It was a bone handle knife with an inset. This knife is very special to me. It was gifted from a very dear friend and I have had it over 16 years. I was devastated at its loss and I am very grateful to the powers that be for its return. I also want to thank the Lost and Found for being there and taking care of my knife over the past year. Please stop by Norseland (E-23) and ask for Katrina. I would like to thank you personally.

To St. Swithens Bog, et al. for love and care that made our Pennsic great. -- Snorri and Augusta

Greetings and warm salutations from Squirty the Squid. Due to the cold weather I have decided to vacation in the south this year. I know this will come as a blow to the ladies who longed to be devoured in my tentacled grasp. I will return for a bite to eat and some inky groping, next year. Till then, stay warm under the covers, Squirty.

KUMIHIMO - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumi2

Glad you enjoyed our mead and thanks for the weapons you left behind. If you want them, come get Ôem before we turn Ôem in. I - Tir Thalor, B02

Thing one and thing two say neener neener boo boo.

Winner! of the Robin Wood Midnight Madness raffle: #652351 - Lynn McMillen

M'Lady Jeannette de la Croix - Through all these years, and many more, you are my love - in life and at war - Reinhart

The War Cry Heralds want to thank the Pennsic Ind. urchins for their assistance in crying.

Heirusalism of the day - "I try really hard not to be obnoxious."

Yellow would like to thank Stripe for not only a wonderful war, but for being her love, her partner, and her very best friend. I love you, Stripe.

In Ealdomerian Camp. Being fed hoser beer. They seem to think I am in some Duke's household. Not complainging-hic-Squirty.

Unto Caitlin of Enniskillen, CONGRATULATIONS and a very big hug from Mistress Christina O'Riain - I wish I could have been there for your big day. Well deserved, Mistress. I expect to see pictures and hear tales of the festivities once you return from the plains of Pennsic. Safe travels.

To all our friends: missing you and looking forward to being there next year. Elizabet Marshall and John Marshall atte Forde

PI Web Edition -- Thursday, August 19, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent web edition for Thursday, August 19. Please see the table of contents below to read today's top stories.

Photo by Lady Mary: The Janissary Band returns to Pennsic.

East sweeps bridge battle, claims the war

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After 16 war points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 2

Wednesday proved to be the decisive day for the war as the East Kingdom and its allies were able to sweep the day's battles (including the rapier melee) and claim overall victory in Pennsic War XXXIII.

The day began with the Great Armies of the Midrealm and the East taking the field for the bridge battle. Needing to turn the tide of war, the Midrealm turned in a good fight among the five bridges. While the lines weaved between battles movers, the Midrealm assigned Calontir to the northern bridge, Ealdormere, House Darkmoon and others to the north central bridge, the Darkyard Legion and others to the central bridge, the Oaken army and others to the south central bridge and Trimaris and the Midlands army to the south bridge, with Ironlance and other elements in reserve.

The East looked to press its advantage by assigning Black Talon to the north bridge, the Northern Army to the north central bridge, Atlantia to the central bridge, various other Eastern elements to the south central bridge, and Maarkland and the Great Dark Horde to the south bridge. The Bloodguard, Rome and the Tuchux were held in reserve and the Tuchux would have a major impact on all three fights.

The first fight saw the Midrealm press forward on all bridges, attempting to sap the will of their enemies, but the strategy did not work as the East carefully picked out fighters and thinned the Midrealm's ranks. The end came when the depleted Midrealm forces on the south central bridge got a full, fresh charge from the Tuchux and were nearly driven off the bridge. At the same time, Bloodguard and Rome also charged forward on the southern bridge and the two forces eventually broke out and proceeded to sweep the field, giving the East the win. Hasdrubal's Marines were the only Midrealm allies left standing when the cannon went off.

The second fight saw a more cautious approach from both sides as neither group wished to charge themselves to death. Once again, it was Tuchux who pressed the issue, nearly driving their Midrealm opponents the whole way across the south central bridge before breaking out. While the breakout occurred too late to sweep the field, the East's forces had enough bridges in hand to claim a decisive second win.
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The third fight also involved combat archery, which many gentles used to their advantage. Post-battle, the battlefield was so littered with arrows and bolts, it appeared that Agincourt had been revisited. The East did not waste time in this battle, pressing the Midrealm and breaking them early. The Tuchux led a breakout from the southern bridge, while Black Talon spearheaded a breakout on the north. The two pincers combined forces to grind down the remnants of Darkyard in the center.

After seeing his army triumph again, HRM Kelson of the East refused to be boastful in victory.

"We still have yet to win the war," Kelson said. "The Midrealm has the ability, the chivalry, and the prowess to win this yet. We will not allow ourselves to become overconfident Tygers."

Allied Champions' Battle

The Allied Kingdoms of the East helped put His Majesty's mind at ease. The allies of both the Midrealm and the East assembled near the force with the allied champions and put forward their usual hard-hitting, wonderful display. The battle was a 30-minute battle with unlimited resurrections. The sides fought over possession of three banners with possession being recorded at 10-minute intervals.

The southern banner was largely a contest between Ealdormere and Atlantia, while the central banner largely was fought between AEthelmearc and Calontir with a conglomerate of Allies contesting the northern banner.

It was a rollicking fight, but when the final whistle sounded, the East's Allies had seized the banners for five points, while the Midrealm's Allies claimed three points. One point was contested evenly and declared a tie. Thus, the war point went to the East.

Thursday's featured Melee

Mountain Pass battle: 11 a.m. (two battles, three points each)

This will be a full resurrection battle with three banners being contested over two one-hour battles. Each banner is worth one point. Full combat archery will be allowed for this battle.

What to watch for: Incoming arrows! Seriously, combat archery means spectators will be asked to stay at least 10 feet behind all hay bales. Expect the lines to waver much, with major charges in the final five minutes of each fight.

Eastern fencers get the point

by Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Even the Eastern commander was surprised at how quickly and effectively his forces and their allies handled their opponents in Wednesday’s Fencing Melee War Point.

“The Central Region wasn’t supposed to break through like that,” Don Antonio Patriquin said with a smile, nodding at Central Region commander Dona Nataliia Evgenova Svatislovina . “That wasn’t part of the plan.”

Planned or not, the breakthrough was followed by another from the allied Atlantia units. Aethelmearc’s Northern Region Glory Hounds broke through a Midrealm unit commanded by Count Peter van Doorn, and allowed the Southern Region break through the final street, setting the stage for the East’s victory.

“I couldn’t have stopped them if I had wanted to,” said Dona Nataliia, whose unit was backed up by the Northern Region, including Princess Svava. “They were going right through.”

The East won the Fencing Champions’ War Point Monday, and the two sides will meet again for the final fencing War Point in the Woods Battle at 2 this afternoon.

Wednesday’s battle was the first mass fencing melee of its kind, and the East went into it with a 150-105 advantage in number of fighters. The field was set up as a town battle with four streets and a single avenue running through them, but it quickly turned into a bridge battle because of the speed of the Eastern advance.

Don Antonio said advance planning was the key for his army. “The command staff communicated with each other for the last month and worked as a unit . We made it clear that this was a battle, not an individual fight. The units worked well together, and we have Princess Svava out there, and she’s an inspiration to fencers from the East to everywhere.”

King Felix of the Midrealm also fought and addressed the fencers both before and after the battle, urging them to respect each other and be friends afterwards. Warder Maximilian von Zauberer was the Middle Kingdom commander.

Prince Rurik of Aethlemearc was part of his kingdom’s Northern unit, which was commanded by Duchess Dorinda and included Duke Morgan and Duke Yngvar. Aethelmearc’s Southern Watch followed the Glory Hounds across the field.

The Midrealm side was down to one fighter, Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, and he was granted single combat and killed by Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.

After the War Point, the East and Middle combined to defeat the rest of the participating kingdoms in a second battle, and the Allies won the third battle, which included rubber-band guns.

Dona Marion of Oaken Glen was still bouncing after the battle and spoke for many of the Easterners and their allies. “I am still on an adrenaline high,” she said. “The fact that everybody came together was great. We had a good battle plan. People knew what they had to do and did it.”

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: The Fencing Melee war point.

One Knight at Pennsic

Royals Beware! (Please Ask Your Chamberlain to Read This to You)

by Sir Guillaume “You Look So Domestic” de la Belgique

At the risk of creating a Pennsic-wide panic, I must warn the populace of the Known World about a dreadful plot to destroy our Royalty. This is an ongoing issue, although Pennsic is one of the main places where this nefarious scheme is put into action. Even now the perpetrators are lurking among You, Your Assembled Majesties, and I urge You to be vigilant and wary.

I am referring, of course, to: Your chamberlains.

The chamberlain or chief-lady-in-waiting is the person who is responsible for the maintenance of the King and Queen — arranging Their schedule, keeping Their obligations, coordinating Their correspondence, changing Their oil every 3,000 miles, etc. But lurking among all of those duties is a horrible plot to undermine the Monarchs’ ability to take care of Themselves in any way, shape or form.

In short, Your Majesties, Your chamberlains are out to turn You from intelligent, responsible adults into blithering idiots.

At least, that’s what happened to Felinah and I during our two reigns. Sure, our two chamberlains, Ceridwen and Veronique, always claimed they were “simply trying to help,” but in retrospect I understand how this plot took shape, and I can see that a great deal of the damage took place at Pennsic.

Now those of you reading this who are not Royalty may have no idea what I’m talking about. You see those processions of Princes and Kings walking past at the head of a column of guards, courtiers, heralds and ministers, and you think, “Gosh, it must be wonderful to be in command of a whole kingdom.” With no disrespect intended to any of the Monarchs here at the war, let me just say, “Ha!” Those people wearing those impressive Crowns and marching around with all those entourages have not been in command of anything, including their social calendars, their dining preferences, or their ability to use the privy since about 22 seconds after the final blow was struck at Crown tournament.

As I said, this is a very subtle, pervasive plot. I remember having a tiny inkling of this conspiracy after the Midrealm Royal dinner during our second reign at Pennsic XXXI. Felinah and I had been at Pennsic for nearly a week, going to meetings, battles, teas, brunches, courts, parties and all manner of delightful but hectic activities. As we were walking home from the week’s Major State Dinner, we skirted past the edge of the merchants’ area where the “midnight madness” sale was winding down. I recall thinking, “Hey, we don’t have any other commitments tonight! I’ll duck out of this procession just for a moment and see if there’s anything I want to buy.”

Which, of course, shows you just what a moron I was. Even as I stepped away from the column of attendants, the Crown of Caid began emitting high-powered radio waves, like some kind of Royal “Lo-Jack” device. Then, a random, wandering duchess rushed over to my chamberlain, pointed directly at me and shouted, “Careful! He’s getting away!” causing the entire procession to stampede into the merchants’ area just to make sure I was not actually lifting an item of merchandise with the Royal hand.

Yes, there was once a time when Felinah and I could pack our own clothes, take care of our own equipment, set up our own pavilion and cook our own meals. That was before our chamberlains launched their plots. Now, all we can do is stand there, looking helpless, with a vague notion that someone else is running our lives and hoping they don’t hurt us too badly.

So, Your Majesties, I wish You all better luck in surviving Pennsic with Your self-reliance intact. Beware those professionally organized appointment calendars, those neatly arranged Royal meeting rooms, those eternally filled goblets...those thing are Your downfall. And Your Majesties don’t need to thank me for pointing this out to You. Trust me, I’m simply trying to help.

From fighter practice on the edge of a swimming pool, to winning a lady’s heart by hitting her with a piece of rattan, to cheerleaders at Crown tournament, Guillaume’s books and audio CDs are full of hilarious stories about life in the SCA. You can find them on sale in Ceridwen’s Closet, space 122 in merchants’ row.

Shire members from the Holy Land make a Pennsic pilgrimage

by Master Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

In the past year, Lord Yehoshua ben Haim HaLevi and Giovanna Luparelli have met through a forwarded e-mail message, which he received the first week after moving from Boston to Israel, helped organize the first SCA group in Israel and joined in running five events.

In the past three weeks, they have gotten married in New York City and joined that group, the incipient Shire of Beit Ariyeh, in its first visit to Pennsic.

“This is our honeymoon,” said Giovanna, who has two daughters, Tzipporah and Sara. Other shire members attending are Naomi bat Yehezkel and her husband, Alter, and Rana, who has recently moved back to the U.S. from Israel.

The shire members said there are five paid members in the group, which is part of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, and that there are about 30 people who take part, including 15 who regularly attend events.
Lord Yehoshua moved to Israel last September and almost immediately received e-mail from a friend, who had seen Giovanna request to form an SCA group on another list.

The shire, which has a Hebrew name meaning “House of the Lion,” is planning an “Eighth Night” event, in December and has invited members of the nearest SCA group – in Greece – to the event. The group is also working with a friend who is a travel agent to organize a “SCAdian’s Tour of Israel” next June.

Alter said he had tried once before to get together with someone to start a group and added that the latest effort has seen the shire members involved in fencing, bardic arts, brewing and period games. “We are hoping to get heavy fighting going,” he said.

One of the difficult aspects of having a shire in Israel is that at least half the members are religious Jews who observe Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Considering that in Israel most people work a half-day Friday, have Saturday off and go back to work on Sunday, Thursday nights have become the easiest time to have events.

For Pennsic, Lord Yehoshua contacted a friend from the Atlantian Barony of Storvik who he knew kept kosher. The shire, the three people from Storvik and three other religious Jews from Lord Yehoshua’s former barony of Carolingia are cooking together at the war, making separate meals from the 40 others in Storvik.
The family will be leaving Pennsic today to visit New York for another week before returning to Israel.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: Lord Yehoshua ben Haim Halevi (with Lady Genvieve Fletcher, Drachenwald Herald) is one of seven members of the Incipient Shire of Beit Ariyeh — the first SCA group in Israel — attending Pennsic.

PI Web Edition -- Wednesday, August 18, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent online edition for August 18. Please see the table of contents below to view today's featured stories.

A Day for the Arts and Sciences

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

For the past seven years, the A&S Display has been the “place to be” for those wishing to share their projects with the Known World, as well as those seeking inspiration. This year was no exception. This year, over 250 displays were featured from thirteen kingdoms. Unlike last year, the displays were not grouped by kingdom. According to Ygraine of Preston, the display’s organizer, some kingdoms had many entries while others had relatively few, and “if you wanted to see just your kingdom’s artisans, you could do that at home.” It was hoped that mixing up the entries would encourage artisans to “mix it up.”

There were a wide variety of objects on display, from artisans attending their first event or first projects to Laurels with 30+ years of experience. There were a number of entries where a number of artisans had collaborated as well. “It was a lovely mix—everyone has been very encouraging and enthusiastic.” Indeed, some who viewed the exhibits, including Royalty, left comments and tokens for the entries that inspired them most. As usual with this display, there were many astounding projects; the photos that appear with this story are only a tiny sampling of the many items on display yesterday.

The event could not have happened without the help of many people who showed up when the display opened for setup at 7 am, and Ygraine wished to express her thanks to all those who pitched in.

Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

One of the group projects was contributed by the Royal City of Eoforwic in Ealdormere. The Baron and Baroness of Septentria asked all groups to contribute at least one entry in this year’s display, and Eoforwic decided on a group project, this processional canopy based on a 16th century Italian example. It was handsewn from red linen, with the embroidered arms of each canton and hand-turned wooden poles.

Tomak's Fountain

by Baroness Catherine Oakley

On Sunday evening, several self-described “minions” from Shadowclans arrived at the Middle Kingdom Royal encampment with a large wagon load of sculptural pieces. Telling curious onlookers to wait and see what it was, they began to assemble a huge base into which they inserted a waterproof liner painted to look like tile-work.

Next, large pedestal sections in the shape of rough rock slabs were put in place in the center, surmounted by a statue of Minerva, warlike goddess of wisdom, holding her shield flat in her left arm. To Minerva’s right: a turtle and a statue of Cymadoce with a sea serpent, resting on a huge seashell. Finally, to Minerva’s left, they placed another shell supporting a hippocampus and a statue of Neptune the Sea god, who blows on a conch shell. A few additional details, and the builders began to fill the base with water.

At last, just before dusk, to the delight and applause of the large crowd that had gathered, the assemblage was brought to life as a fountain with multiple jets of water flowing and splashing down over the rocky base.
The builders, who declined to be specifically identified, said that the fountain is the work of an artistic genius named Tomak. He is greatly inspired by the work of Bernini, and that influence is immediately evident in this amazing work of art. He based the sculptures on the story of the Aenead.

Tomak is also responsible for a succession of castle gates and walls fronting the Shadowclans encampments over the years. His latest work is a cathedral which the builders said can be seen at the Shadowclans camp. Another small sculpture is displayed near the fountain.

Entitled “Fountain of Minerva, Neptune and Cymadoce,“ the fountain’s sculptural group is made of synthetic alabaster, a tinted epoxy material that is built up in layers. The figures were first carved individually of clay, then a rubber mold was made over the clay and a hard fiberglass shell over that. The mold was then broken into sections and ten or more layers of resin were brushed in. There are three clear layers on the outside, giving the sculptures their translucency. Other layers of tinted and bead epoxy were added. The veining was done freehand between layers. The whole process of making each piece took four to six weeks, because each layer must dry thoroughly. Once the sections were done, they were fitted together and an almost invisible seam of epoxy was used to cement them together.

Passers-by are requested not to toss coins into the fountain; however, donations to waterbearing will be gratefully accepted.

Photo by Smerellda the Helpful.

Tyger roars in the woods again

By DonalBane of Blackmers

After 11 War Points: Eastern Tygers 9, Midrealm Dragons 2
On a temperate Tuesday, the Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm gathered again for Pennsic trademark: the woods battle. Assembling at the site just north of the campsite, the Midrealm entered the woods this year from the south entrance, while the East came in from the north.

The woods have been the personal playgrounds of the East for the better part of the last decade, but early on it seemed the Midrealm was putting its best foot forward. Reports from the front indicated that the Midrealm possessed two of the three banners after the opening cannon. Over the course of the next two hours, the lines wavered with both armies throwing headlong charges into each other.

According to the marshals, the final charge was able to garner all three banners for itself. The East’s banner was recaptured by elements of the Æthelmearcian army. Atlantia did most of the heavy lifting in defense of the central banner, although HRM Cuan of Atlantia said Sir Decker of Artemesia was the first gentle to seize the banner. Finally, the Midrealm’s banner was taken by a vanguard of the East headed by Haus Von Halstern

As Real Men Fought — Historic Combat Series

The Historic Combat Series continued with As Real Men Fought, an open tournament with period victory conditions. The tournament was held with individual combats between the Venans, comprised of Master Galleran de Cuessy, Colin James McLahlan, Dame Lyanna ferch Gwynhelek and Lord James Biblesworth, and the Tenans, comprised of Baron Asbjorn Johannsen, Capt. Richard Larmer, Sir Buqu and Lord Bjorn Hurkartir.

After four rounds of the single combat, the Venans judged Sir Buqu to be their most worthy opponent, while the Tenans selected Master Galleran, who went undefeated. The tournament concluded with a grand melee, which saw the Tenans drive the Venans from the field.

Wednesday’s featured melee: The Bridge battle — 11 a.m., three war points (one per fight)

Another Pennsic trademark, the bridge battle will see both armies contest five parallel bridges on three occasions. The fights will be decided by which side holds the most bridges after 30 minutes or when one side sweeps the field.

What to look for: The pattern of the bridge battles is “charge and duel” — a big charge followed by a series of dueling spears. Watch for breakouts on any bridges because the side that breaks out should quickly decimate its remaining opponents.

Volunteering at Pennsic

by Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview, O.L., Pennsic Independent Feature Writer

Once upon a time, the concept of a War was dreamed, and the Dream was good. A few friends came together to practice the arts of War and of “No S**t There We Were” stories. From these humble beginnings between the Middle and East Kingdoms came the Pennsic War, first of the great inter-kingdom Wars in the SCA today.

Since those humble beginnings over thirty years ago, the Pennsic War has grown to a celebration of all things SCA: fighting, archery, fencing, cooking, arts and sciences, and so much more. And like the things which are medieval and/or renaissance in theme, there are the service things many of us love to do at Pennsic: public safety patrols, marshalling, chirurgeoning, waterbearing, disability access, Dead Rabbits, and so much more.

Without the gentles who serve us in myriad ways so that we may all enjoy our War and our holidays, things would not be nearly so enjoyable. Similarly, if we do not offer up an hour or two of our time to pick up trash, cook a meal, kiss a boo-boo or drive a cart, Pennsic would not run smoothly.

Every service at Pennsic could do with an extra set of hands or three. Imagine Chirurgeon’s Point at three in the morning if you fell on a tent stake and cut your knee but no one was there to offer comfort and first aid because no one volunteered. Imagine trying to co-ordinate a field battle without marshals, waterbearers, chirurgeons, and everyone else who gives of their time. Many fighters voluntarily take themselves off the field and into marshal tabards so that everyone else can fight and have a great time.

If you haven’t done something of a service nature this War yet, how about trying something new? Waterbearers can always use a helping hand, as can Public Safety. You don’t have to have first aid training to help out the Chirurgeons: they can always use a scribe or two. Want to meet some fascinating people? Offer to drive a golf cart for Mobility Access Services. Even Information Point can use volunteers.

So, if you are enjoying your time at Pennsic, why not give a little back? Choose a service you think might be fun, and find out if they can use a hand between now and the end of the War. Remember, places like Chirurgeon’s Point can use hands to help in packing down at the end of the week as well. Big or small, young or old, you can do some good at Pennsic by being a “helium hand” and volunteering.

Photo by Baron Erick Longacres of Ealdormere

Pennsic’s youngest volunteer, Thorbjorn Aaronson of Ealdormere, helping out with Public Safety. At three months, it will probably be a while however, before he gets his golf cart waiver.

Unclassifieds

 

Events Open To All

Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.

The Society Exchequer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Lady Caitlin of Enniskillen will be toasted with a luncheon vigil to honor her upcoming elevation. Thursday, August 19 from noon to 3. House Wild Rose camp, E24 on Great Eastern in the bog. Look for the rose arbor gate.

Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

Desire booty? Desire Deals? We have the answer! Visit the MDA auction booth, near the store. Silent auction is Mon-Thurs - 8:30 to 5:00. Loud auction Friday at noon in the barn!

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Caid Court will be held Thursday at 6PM in Caid Royal

Heralds' Point is in need of warranted exchequers for cashier duty. If you can help for a couple of hours, please stop by during opening hours!

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Cloak & Dagger welcomes noted author Michael Z. Williamson. Now signing copies of Freehold, the Hero and the Scope of Justice in booth #15.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald's Point.

Bardic Arts Forums! Come and take part in our discussions. A&S tent 7, 6pm every day.

Drachenwald - Where your persona comes from! Drachenwald PCS gathering at 6pm - Brewers Lane.

Capt. Elias Gedney offers his most fervent apologies. Due to an unfortunate mix up, he confused the time of his Tues 11AM class, "Period or Non-Period Pirates". The class will be re-offered Wed. Aug 18, 1PM in AS 10.

Bards! Rat song competition at the Rat Lady's 7-8 during midnight madness.

Japanese calligraphy and scroll design - A hands-on introduction, Thurs 11:00-1:00. Yama Kaminari (E03).

Samurai Chef - Japanese Cookery. A hands-on introduction, Fri 11:00. Yama Kaminari (E03).

Muhekian - The Taste of Tea. A mid-day Chakai. Reservations requested. Yama Kaminari (E03). Fri. 12:00.

Pennsic Drive-In hours, Dusk:30 Thurs-- children's choice (Shrek, Willow, Ice Age, Quest for Camelor), Fri - Viewers choice - 20 period movies to choose from. Booth 130.

Dame Tsivia will be signing her book at Auntie Arwen's Wed. 4-6PM and Thurs 6-8PM. Booth 184.

ROSE TOURNEY, Sept. 18 in Brendoaken! More fun than Midnight Madness. See MK calendar or www.brendoken.org for more.

For Sale

Wrapping yourself up for an event? We have Chantal Boulanger's fabulous Saris: An Illustrated Guide to the Indian Art of Draping. Only $30 at Poison Pen Press, Booth 63.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Knitters of the Known World, yarns worsted to lace weight at the Magik Badger.

Londonderry linen thread, Medici wool tapestry and more silk floss and thread than can be fit in this ad...Fabric Dragon is in Bazaar #3, space 20.

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

GOOD GENTLES...

How much have you spent on your armor?

How much have you spent on your garb?

How much have you spent on your children?

This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchant Row sells ink, quill mens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

MIDNIGHT MADNESS - $1/yd off fabrics over $7/yd at Dragon's Magic #25

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - NOW AVAILABLE FROM Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.

COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

More Books! Ursula's Alcove and Unique Editions have teamed up to bring you a great selection of new and used books. Just make your way to 137 Plunder Lane. Look for the flamingos.

COOL VEILING: cheesecloth, linen, and silk! Booth #25

Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

Evil Abra has awesome Middle Eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

If we've got it, you don't need it, but you probably want it anyway. Jewelry, masks, fortune telling, portraits...Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 3000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

Were you born yesterday? Plunder Lane is a great place to shop. With exotic goods from at least 6 kingdoms. You are sure to find something to please you. UA

10x20 Pavilion, green and gold. Can be seen at corner of Wainwright and Sedalia's Way. Inquire at Sleepy Unicorn, SP 91 behind the barn. $300.

Hand forged stainless steel flesh flippers. Great for open pit cooking only $20 each. See Claus the Toymaker across from the barn.

20' x 40' canopy kit $175; Most of a 16' yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

Silk and linen threads and floss at Dragon's Magic #25

Tend and bed for sale - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it's 100% usable space. Asking $1900. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Garb Closeour! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Loewing prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

NEW CD FROM EFENWEALT WYSTLE - only at Angevin Treasures, booth 30, We also have the largest selection of period and SCA music at Pennsic.

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

Panther Pavilion for sale, 16x16, 3 yrs old. 7 ft walls. Ropes, stakes, poles included $850, Erevnite Asteron, N22.

For sale - 8x12 Marquee. Good condition, some wear. Take home at the end of war - $500. See Angus at Clan Kerr, E02

12x12 Pavilion for sale. $1000 OBO. See Zarifa at Brotherhood of the Black Rose, E17.

16' yurt w/ 2 doors, 6' walls. $1000 OBO. Clann Kerr, E02.

Gingher sewing and embroidery scissors - booth #25

Capture Pennsic memories w/our fair Middle Eastern ladies and gentles. Middle Eastern photo set w/you being in pose, being fed grapes/being fanned by our Middle Eastern Models Ln. Kreations Gallry, booth 130. Corner of Bazaar St. and Plunder Lane.

For Sale - Panther Regent 16x16 tent w/set up pkg. $750. 4 yrs old - pick up Sat. Chris at Dancing fox camp - E01

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

Warlords - Need coin to pay your troops? See Chandra at the West Camp (W03) or contact Seelie at 226 in Bazzar 3. We also have a limited supply of blank sheet for moneyers.

For Sale: Two pavilions - One 12' x18' and one 16' x 21', ropes, poles and stakes included. Blue Unicorn Merchants pavilions for sale. One 12'x18' for $800 and one 16' x21' for $900, complete set-up included. Pick-up Sat. after 8pm or Sun by 10am. Space 181.

Infrastructure for sale: Two carports; 12x16 and 12x14 Panthers; 12' hardwood yurt, 10x10 shower with new 40 gal heater and heater. Take on Saturday or will store with nonrefundable deposit for land grab 2005. Michael at the Village - N03 at Sedalias Way. 631-455-4690. Reasonable offers considered.

Pennsic scrap book - tooled leather cover w/artwork. 12x12 in book. Will personalize $58.00. Place order today, delivery before Christmas ‘04. Booth 130.

For Sale (Used): Greatland Outdoors ($199 New) 3-Room Cabin Tent, Good Condition $50 (OBO); Queen Size ($189 New) Sharper Image Aero Bed, Good Condition $45 (OBO) _ See Max Von Halstern at N14

General

Seamstress: The sewing lady i s at #183.

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Help Wanted

Sitter Wanted - 4yr old girl seeks sitter w/same generous terms, days only. See Lorelei B06 at Blue and Yellow Camp.

Lost & Found

Lost: Satellite dish - House Stahlgeist has misplaced the dish! The big screen TV is here and the cold fusion power supply is fusing! Beer bounty!

Elmo: Baby can't sleep! Please return to lost and found. Lost in merchant area 8/15.

Lost! Forged damascus blade, sheep's foot style. If found, please return it to Magik Badger Ironworks Booth #58. Thank you! We need to find this!

Fowl Play! Gear Chicken-nappers: Gypsy Mayhem would like to congratulate you for taking the largest, ugliest heaviest piece of prankster-bait ever made to be stolen. How does it feel to be shafted by a 6ft yellow Gypsy Cock?

Personals

Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate School—PooBah!

AnnaRousse...Je T'aime Epouse...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Peggy J. Hicks of zip code 30016 - would you please return to Castle Furnishings (the book merchant).

Auntie Arwen - Thank you for the wonderful tea! You are the best! Everyone should know how wonderful a spicy you are!

Josef - Will you marry me? 13 years ago. I love you! - Heirusalem

DAOC friends, come visit camp of Gwyntarien - Howard's Fenway - Aldric & Morwena Greystone. Share stories.

Many congratulations to Raven and Zygor of Darksphere Keep on the annoucement of their engagement.

Many thanks to Pentamere for the most excellent watter battle from Victoria and wet, happy children.

Classic swimming hole mighty fine eatin' fer young growing squid. Guess I'll put my tentacles up and sleep it off. Wait...what's that noise? Squirty.

Redweasals Armory - Your Leine is at Menage de Fous - B02 - The Pagan Goddess.

To the lady who stopped at our shrine on Monday: You are always welcome here. Our pilgrim's tokens are here for all. May God bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.

Belated but still heart-felt. Happy Birthday, Rose "Osnah" Harless - from your crazy Dad.

Henry, I've been waiting for you.

WANTED: Return our skulls and no harm will come to you. We promise - Captain Malkor of Siren's Landing.

Heirusalism of the day - "I hear there is a bug up my skirt."

In Memoriam: Cheryl Lloyd, best known as the Lizard Mom, died in June of cancer. The loss of her sense of humor, kidness, creativitiy, and friendship will be felt in the Known World. We miss you. Thomus the Lapidary and Elizabeth Hammsford.

To the anonymous gentle who found and returned my watch from the Field Battle. You have my profound grattitude. Stef, Mountain Confederation.

I would like to thank the young gentle who returned my wallet with cash and credit still inside! Stop by merchant space 180 for a personal thank you.

Countess Adriana -Although we are not at Pennsic this year, Pennsic play(s)ed an important part in our live together. So I felt that this is an appropriate place in which to wish you a happy anniversary and to say I love you more and more each year. Lady Elena

Happy Anniversary Dannarra! Miss You! Love You! Beorn

Greetings Dancing Fox! Wish I were there wreaking havoc with the Vixens. Raise a glass to me, I'll raise one to you. Simona

PI Web Edition -- Tuesday, August 17, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent for Tuesday, August 17. Please use the table of contents below to see today's top stories.

Tyger sweeps Dragon from the field

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After eight War Points: Eastern Tygers 4, Midrealm Dragons 2 (pending Archery and Rapier champion results)

For the first time on Monday, the two Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met each other for one of the grandest spectacles of the Known World: the Pennsic Field Battle. This year, there were three fights in the field battle with each fight counting as one war point.

On a sunny but temperate morning, HRM Felix of the Midrealm assembled his army and allies on the east side of the field, while HRM Kelson of the East assembled his army and allies on the west side. Both sides appeared to be evenly matched numbers-wise and both were in great spirits as the opening cannon sounded.

In each of the three fights, the fighters from ®thelmearc seemed to have a major say in the outcome. The first fight began with both sides barreling headlong into each other and a giant melee pit in the middle of the field. But the battle turned when the ®thelmearc army was able to break out and link up with elements from the Mountain Confederation and Great Dark Horde. The group was able to drive the remaining Midrealm forces to the top of the battlefield.

In the second fight, the East and its main force concentrated on the center again, drawing most of the Midrealm and their allies to join them. However, the ®thelmearc army took the northern flank, while Atlantia seemed to press from the south. When the two armies converged in the center, the end was soon in coming for the Middle.

The third fight allowed for the use of combat archery and siege weapons, but the outcome was still dictated by the main force. This time, Midrealm allies anchored by the Outlands, drove ®thelmearc before them. However, the main East force in the center was able to exploit a gap in the Midrealm line. Surging forward, the East's main force swept the Midrealm forces from behind and won the day.

After the battle, HRM Kelson was gracious in victory.

"We met our valiant adversaries on the field, as we always do, in friendship," Kelson said. "They gave us a noble fight and we thank them for that. We had to raise the best of our army and allies for this near and hard-won fight."

Heroic Champions Bridge Battle

In a new battle at Pennsic this year, TRM Felix and Kelson each assembled 150 champions from their kingdoms and allies to contest a single banner over a bridge. The battle had unlimited resurrections. Every five minutes, the marshals recorded who held the banner, with the side scoring the most points taking the war point.

More than one peer watching the melee called it one of the most intense and exciting fights they had ever seen. Both sides plowed into each other with wild abandon, much to the delight of the assembled populace.

"This is the kind of fighting His Majesty and I had hoped for," HRM Felix said during the battle.

At the 50-minute mark, the Midrealm had five points, while the East had two points, with the sides drawing on three points. With victory beyond their grasp, the East conceded the war point, but many gentles stayed for a one-resurrection fight to the finish. Eventually, the Midrealm cleared the bridge, putting the exclamation point on their win.

Belted Champions Battle

The annual belted champions battle posted 20 of the East's finest knights against 20 of the Midrealm's finest. At the outset, the champions broke into five groups and proceeded to plow into each other. In the end, the East's most cohesive unit was able to defeat the Midrealm who were confined to their knees.

Unbelted Champions Battle

Having just seen their belted brethren fall, the Midrealm unbelted champions took the field against their Eastern adversaries. For the first minute of the battle, the two sides stayed put at about 25 paces from each other, with neither wishing to commit. After some encouragement from HRM Kelson, the Midrealm split its forces and attempted to rush the East's flanks. The strategy worked, as the Midrealm champions were able to roll over their Eastern opponents.

Post-battle, the Midrealm champions assembled around HRM Kelson. Kelson congratulated the Midrealmers for their win and promised to present the Midrealm's captain, Luter, which a sword as token of his team's win.

Tuesday's featured melee: Woods Battle - noon, three war points (one per banner)

This is oldest battle at Pennsic and one of the most unique, as both armies will battle over three banners in a two-hour resurrection battle.
What to watch for: Not much really. For obvious reasons, the woods battle is the least spectator friendly. Extra water bearers at resurrection points will be welcome.

Getting to the Point at Pennsic

By Master Liam St. Liam

Baron Raphael di Angelo is just letting off extra energy, and he's doing it by striving to fight more than 1,000 rapier bouts this Pennsic.

Baron Raphael, who is ranked 52nd in the world in mundane epee competitions, missed out on a berth to the Olympics in Athens and found himself still ready for a challenge.

"Having not qualified for Athens, I supposed I have a great deal of mental and emotional energy to dispense with," said Baron Raphael, who is from New York City and lives in Paris. "I couldn't think of a better way to do it than doing 1,000-plus bouts at Pennsic. He completed 637 bouts through Sunday and was planning to fence for several hours after Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament.

The inspiration for his quest came from a fellow member of his East Kingdon household, ICOD. Eight years ago, Baron Raphael saw his campmate Balin, now a member of the Order of Chivalry become the first fighter to complete 1,000 bouts at Pennsic. Others have completed the question, including Geoffrey Scott, a Chivalry candidate from the West who completed 1,500 bouts Sunday night.

No one had yet done 1,000 rapier bouts, and Baron Raphael admits that perhaps he should have known better than to try it. "I saw Balin when he finished. He was in bad shape. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea."

But Baron Raphael, who has been fencing in the SCA for 19 years and started Olympic-style fencing two years earlier, said he has found it worth it so far. "It's been great to meet fencers from lots of different kingdoms with lots of different styles," he said. "That's what's great about the SCA. You come up against people of various backgrounds."

He added that he doesn't find problems switching from the straight-on competition of Olympic-style fencing to the various attacks of SCA fencing.

"I enjoy the differences. I don't necessarily have to wear white, and I can fence outdoors," he said. "I find SCA fencing very relaxing."

Editor's note: The first fighter known to complete 1000-plus bouts at Pennsic was Mattias Sean Cameron at Pennsic XXI twelve years ago. This by no means diminishes the tremendous accomplishment achieved by Sir Balin, Viscount Geoffrey and the several others who have duplicated or surpassed Sir Cameron's feat in the years since.

Monday Fencing Roundup

By Master Liam St. Liam
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Don Antonio Patriquin of the East Kingdom set the tone for Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament by capturing the opening bout over Lord Martin of Hawksworth of the Middle Kingdom in a matchup of kingdom champions.

Don Antonio's teammates followed with five successive victories, and when the tournament was over, roughly two hours after it started, the East had scored an impressive victory with 11 fencers still alive after the last Midrealmer was eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.

The victory produces a war point for the East, one of three rapier war points being contested this year. The Rapier Champions' tournament featured teams of 30 on each side, 20 each from the East and Middle and 10 from the allies' kingdoms. Prior to the tourney, the king and queen of the East elevated Jean-Paul Justin Casse to the Order of the Golden Rapier.

Don Jean-Paul was one of seven Eastern fencers who suffered only one loss in the tournament. Four fencers for the Eastern side went unbeaten. They were Don Antonio, Don Arioch The Quick, both of the East as well as Lord Tora Taka of the West and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.

The last remaining Midrealm ally was Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, who was 5-2 in the tourney, losing his final bout to Don Arioch. The last Midrealm fencer left was Warder Lazarus Gauge, who was 8-2, and was defeated in the tournament's last match by Lord Tora.

Today's fencing includes the ®thelmearc Youth tournament at 10 a.m., the Ansteorran tourney at 11, and the popular Atlantian Five-Man Melee tourney at 2 p.m. Wednesday's fencing includes the East Kingdom tournament at 10 a.m., the Broken Field battle for a war point at 1 p.m., the Siege of LaRochelle at 3 p.m. at the fort, and the MDA Benefit tournament at 4 p.m.

Traffic Tie Up

By: Juliet Runolfskona
Disabilities Camp

On Sunday night, Public Safety reported a traffic jam. Servant's Path was intermittently blocked by Traffic Control as scooters usurped the road. When asked, representatives of Gimps United said that the hubbub was only the warm-up for Thursday evening's Scooter Jousting Challenge.
Expect more traffic delays Thursday after dark when the Holly Regatta ensues. Visiting Royalty will be invited to send forth their Champions and their wheeled steeds to compete in the First Annual Holly Regatta in memory of THL Honoria of Holly Shire.

Be it known that all challengers must provide their own wheeled steeds, and will be requested to make a small donation to the memorial fund. Lances provided by Gimps United.

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Events Open To All

Annual Mountain Confederation Pipers Competition! Tuesday Aug. 17, start time 8:30pm and goes until we run out of entertainment. Bring your Cup, (your ID if you want to drink) and a piper if you have one. Other entertainers are welcome.

Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.

The Society Exchecquer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Lady Caitlin of Enniskillen will be toasted with a luncheon vigil to honor her upcoming elevation. Thursday, August 19 from noon to 3. House Wild Rose camp, E24 on Great Eastern in the bog. Look for the rose arbor gate.

Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday evening at 8:00pm at Brewers & Fletcher Rds. Those with business in court please see Lord Eirikr Thorrison at House Full Circle located at block N-18 between Battle and Currie Rds.

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

Lochac royal court in Lochac encampment at Westgate Tuesday 6:30pm.

Bardic Circle - Barony of Dragonship Haven Area B08 Tuesday Aug. 17th, half past dark. All are welcome. ID to drink. Come sing or just listen.

Desire booty? Desire Deals? We have the answer! Visit the MDA auction booth, near the store. Silent auction is Mon-Thurs - 8:30 to 5:00. Loud auction Friday at noon in the barn!

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Midlands Bardic Circle. Beer for our guests, food for bards. N21, just past North Gate 8:00 PM tonight.

Heralds' Point is in need of warranted exchequers for cashier duty. If you can help for a couple of hours, please stop by during opening hours!

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Grand Rat Reunion - Celebrating 25 years of rats. Today at Z13 in the Bazaar behind the Barn.

FIGHTING SEASON is still on! Come whup some at ROSE TOURNEY Sept. 18 in Brendoken. http://www.brendoken.org for info!

For Sale

Get cheap and ostentatious! We've been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 FABRIC: $6/yd. Fine lightweight woolens plus linen and blends. Small Churl Books, #63. Going Fast!

Honey extractor stainless steel $165. S&M leather.

Apartment for rent, 3 beds, Pittsfield, MA, $675/month. Sarah (203)345-6728 or camping with Lurkr, N20

Knitters of the Known World, yarns worsted to lace weight at the Magik Badger.

Londonderry linen thread, Medici wool tapestry and more silk floss and thread than can be fit in this ad...Fabric Dragon is in Bazaar #3, space 20.

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row

Tent - rd army, extendable poles $300. S&M Leather.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - NOW AVAILABLE FROM Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HOOP BONING - 1/2" coating steel at Dragon's Magic #25

Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.

COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

More Books! Ursula's Alcove and Unique Editions have teamed up to bring you a great selection of new and used books. Just make your way to 137 Plunder Lane. Look for the flamingos.

FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN, NOTIONS - Dragon's Magic #25

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

Soothsaying: Cards, runes, palms, dreams interpreted. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Pirate shirts $20, Broom stick skirts $8. Space 21 Heeter's Haven Call 814-720-5314 for directions.

For Sale: Handmade Satyre doll, 27 inches tall, soft plush, well endowed. The perfect gift for that special someone. Adults only. Mathilde - Quatrefoil

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

Evil Abra has awesome Middle Eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 108 Street of Gold.

Linen and silk threads and floss at Dragon's Magic #25

Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 2000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

E-150 Ford Ext. Van. Str. 6 on site $950. S&M Leather.

Why should I bother to find Plunder Lane? BJ

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Silk gauze - 3.5mm $3/yd at Dragon's Magic #25

10x20 Pavilion, green and gold. Can be seen at corner of Wainwright and Sedalia's Way. Inquire at Sleepy Unicorn, SP 91 behind the barn. $300.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Blue Herringbone Linen is back in stock! We sought far and wide and found some more! Fabric Dragon.

Hand forged stainless steel flesh flippers. Great for open pit cooking only $20 each. See Claus the Toymaker across from the barn.

20' x 40' canopy kit for sale unused. You supply 1 inch EMT $195 New $175 OBO. 631-455-4690 cell.

Tend and bed for sale - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it's 100% usable space. Asking $1900. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

Metal buttons, glass-head silk pins! Booth #25

Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

2 dresses for sale, sz-10 and 14. Also have hand-made Amish quilts and crafts for sale. See Bountifoole at Blood Moon Clan, corner of Chandlers and Low Rds.

Garb Closeout! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Lowering prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

NEW CD FROM EFENWEALT WYSTLE - only at Angevin Treasures, booth 30, We also have the largest selection of period and SCA music at Pennsic.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

The best plumes may be found at Bronwyn's in the Bazaar! The largest selection of colors. $4 per plume.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

General

Seamstress: The sewing lady is at #183.

Lost & Found

Lost: Satellite dish - House Stahlgeist has misplaced the dish! The big screen TV is here and the cold fusion power supply is fusing! Beer bounty!

Parties

Barony of Brendoken! A revel open house will be on August 17 at Erevnite Asteron, N22, starting at 6:30 PM. Look for the two astronomers on the gate.

Personals

Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate School. PooBah!

AnnaRousse...You are the Love of my Life...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Thank you for your help in my basic knitting class! Amanita Villarosa

Unto All at War-Lord Svein sends greetings from Drachenwald... Drachenwald... where your persona comes from. And unto the Clan of the Arctic Winds I say this... GET THEE DOWN AND BE THOU FUNK---Lord Svein Aelfricson

Aikido person seeking other Akeido people. Contact Maggie at Stonemarche N33.

Peggy J. Hicks of zip code 30016 - would you please return to Castle Furnishings (the book merchant).

Beautiful man, I've dreamed of your clinging. Everything I have to give you. Your Lady, Fire.

Belated Birthday Greetings to OG Ermengardaesharon

Hakim - I did it! Pentacle on the shoulder. Ouch! Love - Mary Elizabeth

Happy Anniversary Stinkhead! It's been 8 years & we haven't killed each other yet. - The Other Stinkhead

Is there a drill sergeant in the house? New recruit in our camp needs advice before bct. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Heirusalism of the day, "I'm reallly good at stating the obvious."

Cool temperatures mean human shells are thicker. Going to classic swimming hole in search of soft, unshelled human. Squirty.

PI Web Edition -- Monday, August 16, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Monday, August 16, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

The Die is Cast

When the pageantry was finished and the last alliance declared, King Felix of the Middle Kingdom gave his final instructions to the gathered crowd.

“Go fight,” His Majesty said. “Have fun.”

The songs of Æthelmearc, Ealdormere, and Calontir mixed with the sounding of the war horn, the snap of the traditional broken arrow, the tunes of a bagpiper and the strong voices of kings and queens during a quick and efficient opening ceremony held for Pennsic XXXIII in bright sunlight in front of the Pennsic Fort.

The processions had begun with musters early Sunday morning, with the East’s allies mustering outside her gates and the Midrealm’s allies lining up by the Dragon gates. Æthelmearc stood as one, in front of the fort, ready to receive the visiting armies.

War point battles will not begin until this morning, but the makeup of the two armies was finally revealed as eight kingdoms declared for the Midrealm, and seven kingdoms, the Great Dark Horde and the Kingdom of Acre declared for the East.

In a war that was declared “between friends,” the sides appear to be fairly equal, with the alliances decided mainly on past agreements between kingdoms and for historical reasons.

The Midrealm will be joined in battle by the kingdoms of Atenveldt, Meridies, Calontir, Ansteorra, Trimaris, the Outlands, Drachenwald and Ealdormere. King Alaric of Ansteorra declared his armies would fight alongside its traditional ally, Calontir. The loudest and clearest declaration came from King John of Drachenwald, who declared his intention to ally with Ansteorra and therefore the Midrealm. King Berus of Ealdormere explained his kingdom’s decision to the crowd by saying, “The blood of the Dragon still flows within our kingdom.”
King Kelson of the East handed war banners to each ally, and that group included the West, Caid, Atlantia, An Tir, Artemesia and Lochac, as well as the Great Dark Horde and Acre. The West was the first to declare, and Caid and An Tir said they would stand beside their brothers from the West. King Cuan of Atlantia and King Maynard of Æthelmearc declared that since their kingdoms had come from the East, they would fight alongside her. King Konrad of Artemesia said that since each of his fighters would bring the strength of many, Artemesia would provide “a thousand men” for the East.

Eight of the war’s 27 war points will be decided today, starting with three Field Battles, which begin at 11 a.m., and five champions’ competition, which begin following the field battles. The Champions’ battles will start with a one-hour Heroes’ Resurrection battle, followed by the Belted and Unbelted Champions battles. In addition, the Archery Champions and Rapier Champions will take to the range and the list. Each champions’ battle is worth one point.

Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Sunday Battlefield Wrap-up

By Donal Bane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Battle of the Thirty

Following opening ceremonies, HRM Felix of the Middle and Count Rhys of the East assembled two sides of 30 fighters in an attempt to recreate the conditions of the famous Battle of the Thirty from the Hundred Years War. The battle was conducted under period fighting conditions, meaning that kills would be registered to thrusts to vulnerable spots and being knocked to the ground. Also, fighters that sustained three head blows were considered “stunned” and could be escorted from the field for ransom.

HRM Felix’s side, which represented the French, was able to decimate Count Rhys’ force (the English) until Rhys himself was the last man to fall. Many ransoms were paid out by chivalry afterwards.

The battle was so well received that two gentles, Sir Philippe dePamiers of the Midrealm and Count Valharic of Atlantia, stepped forward to serve as next year’s captains.

HRM Felix did not mince words when describing the battle.
“That was one of the best combats that I have ever been involved in,” Felix said. “Her majesty of the Middle took more pleasure in watching that fight that when I won crown tourney.”

Count Rhys was similarly impressed.
“I was honored to be a part of this,” Rhys said. “For just a moment, we left the SCA and touched the Middle Ages.”

Ealdormere 15-Fighter Unbelted Tournament

Eight teams of 15 unbelted fighters came forth for a rollicking round robin tournament that impressed many gentles. In the end, East 1 ended up winning, going 7-0 in the tournament. For the efforts, HRM Berus of Ealdormere presented Angus the Bruce with flowers to present to HRM Geneviere and Lady Shiro with a sword for HRM Kelson. Other record from the tournament included: East 2 – 5-2, Atlantia 5-2, Midrealm 4-3, Æthelmearc 4-3, Atendvelt 2-5, Ealdormere 1-6 and Trimaris 0-7

Concordia 10-Fighter Tournament

The 10-fighter tournament ended up being a five-fighter tournament fought between four teams. In the end a team names “Three Rights, One Wrong and Just Some Duke” won the tournament. The team consisted of Sir Vladimir Alecksandrov, Sir Rodrigo Falcone, Lord Kaloch Von Zweekl, Duke Paul of Bellatrix and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer.

Known World Novice Tournament

A total of 48 fighters with less than two years fighting experience from across the Known World participated in the Known World Novice Tournament. The fighters were separated into seven round-robin pools, with the top two fighters advancing to the semifinal round robins.

The semifinal round robins were won by Lord Donovan Cardal of the Midrealm and Lord William Thomas of Atlantia. Those two faced off in a best-of-three final, which was won by Lord Donovan with two straight wins.

Lost Boys Fort Battle

The Boys were back in town and they brought plenty of friends with them in their annual “fighting for fighting sake” brawl at the fort. As usual, constantly switching passages and different fighter levels kept the assembled rattan warriors in good spirits.

Monday’s featured melee: The field battle – 11 a.m., three war points (one per fight)

For spectators and fighters alike, this is the proverbial big one. Witnessing the first charge of the field battle remains of the biggest thrills in the SCA. For that reason, spectators should try to get to the battlefield early as watching space will be at a premium.

What to look for: In the field battle, static lines lead to quick deaths. Victory usually goes to whichever side can keep its units together and keep them moving throughout the battle.

In Memorium

THL Honoria Winthrop of Holly Shire, mka Janet Marie Teofilo-Witwer of the Canton of Bowman's Rest in the Barony Beyond the Mountain, Kingdom of the East, formerly Baroness of the Western Seas, Kingdom of Caid, passed away at 1 pm Sunday, August 15th, 2004 at the hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Known to her friends as Holly, she was very active in the arts and sciences and shared her knowledge of fiber arts, bookbinding, costuming, cooking and papermaking. She was also known for feasting, painting and illumination.

She shared the past seventeen years today with Leo THL Winthrop of the Torn Surcoat. She is survived by five spinning wheels, four looms, a 72-drawer card catalog of needlework supplies and nine bags of unwashed wool.

She started in the SCA in 1985 with the Barony of Western Seas, and later became the director of the competition who chooses the next A&S Baron and Baroness. She was Baroness of Western Seas three times, twice by her own hand. She loved the fiber arts the best. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Events Open To All

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Annual Mountain Confederation Piper's Competition! Tuesday Aug. 17, start time 8:30pm and goes until we run out of entertainment. Bring your Cup, (your ID if you want to drink) and a piper if you have one. Other entertainers are welcome.

Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.

The Society Exchecquer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Slavic Interest Group Monday 8/16, 6:30pm AS4. Celebrate all things Slavic with us and share info.

There will be a Midrealm Chroniclers meeting Monday August 16 at 7:30pm in Camp Erevnite Asteron.

Come one, come all to the Mountain Confederation's Animal Piper's Competition, Tuesday night at 8:30pm. Winner receives a tasty prize, so bring your pipes.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday evening at 8:00pm at Brewers & Fletcher Rds. Those with business in court please see Lord Eirikr Thorrison at House Full Circle located at block N-18 between Battle and Currie Rds.

To all brewers of the East: The East Kingdom Brewers Guild will be holding a reception in East Kingdom Royal, from 8pm-10pm on August 16th, Monday night. Please spread the word. Baroness Mistress Suzanne Neuber de Londres EKBG, Guild Mistress

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop inBooksellerÕs Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

Soothsayers of the Knowne Worlde! Welcome to the East Kingdom Soothsayers' Guild meeting at Auntie ArwenÕs Spices (Merchant Space #184 8:30PM Monday Aug 16.

Lochac royal court in Lochac encampment at Westgate Tuesday 6:30pm.
Duke Paul of Bellatrix's class location 8/17 at 9:00AM on the white list on battkefield.

Bardic Circle - Barony of Dragonshiphaven Area 808 Tuesday Aug. 17th, half past dark. All are welcome. ID to drink. Come sing or just listen.

Japanese Stagecraft - A participatory introduction to medieval dramatic and comic theatre. History, staging, and acting. Casting for Yama bikoza. E03 2:00.

Desire booty? Desire Deals? We have the answer! Visit the MDA auction booth, near the store. Silent auction is Mon-Thurs - 8:30 to 5:00. Loud auction Friday at noon in the barn!

Play the Anglo-Saxon lyre. Explore playing styles for the lyre based on archaeological evidence. In Budgardr W09, behind Enchanted Ground. 11:00-Noon.

Wolgemut will perform Mon at 9pm in the performance tent.

For Sale

Soothsaying: Cards, runes, palms, dreams interpreted. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Cool veiling: cheesecloth, linen, and silk! Booth #25

Supplement your study of 16th century Persian garb with Women's Costume of the Near & Middle East, $29.95 at Poison Pen Press, Booth 63.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Once more Black Rose welcomes HENNA ARTIST CAT & that serene seer, Morwen Stargazer! Come to BAZAAR 4 for the finest in free hand fine line original design HENNA BODY ART by CAT. Hand or Foot design from $5 starting Tue 17th Morwen will amaze & amuse you with her gift for gazing in palms or cards; come be entertained. Henna & Readings daily Tue-Sat 10 am til close.

FABRIC: $6/yd. Fine lightweight woolens plus linen and blends. Small Churl Books, #63. Going Fast!

Knitters of the Known World, yarns worsted to lace weight at the Magik Badger.

Londonderry linen thread, Medici wool tapestry and more silk floss and thread than can be fit in this ad...Fabric Dragon is in Bazaar #3, space 20.

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

GOOD GENTLES...

How much have you spent on your armor?

How much have you spent on your garb?

How much have you spent on your children?

This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 2000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

Tent - rd army, extendable poles $300. S&M leather.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchant Row sells ink, quill mens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

If we've got it, you don't need it, but you probably want it anyway. Jewelry, masks, fortune telling, portraits...Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once youÕve tried it, youÕll never use anything less. ItÕs not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - NOW AVAILABLE FROM Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Lost your needle? Sold in pack or single! Booth #25

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) durect from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Evil Abra has awesome middle eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 108 Street of Gold.

Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

For sale: 6 GE 40 Gal propans H2O heaters $200 - Includes adapter for BBQ grill tank and free on site delivery. Plumbing available $150-solid brass, child safe design. Stop by W01 or call 757-515-1064. Ask for Gryphon.

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.

COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursulas Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

Honey extractor stainless steel $165. S&M leather.

Corset stays and linen testers at Dragon's Magic #25

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Pirate shirts $20, Broom seick skirts $8. Space 21 HeeterÕs Haven Call 814-720-5314 for directions.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

For Sale: Handmade Satyre doll, 27 inches tall, soft plush, well endowed. The perfect gift for that special someone. Adults only. Mathilde - Quatrefoil

Tunics $15.00 Chemises $20 Bloomers $5.00 Treasure Chest Z10 Bazaar #1

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

E-150 Ford Ext. Van. Str. 6 on site $950. S&M Leather.

Plunder Lane is between Battle Road and Curry Rd. Turn left after DeRoseÕs Ice. - Ursula

Oskar to Ballista Babes: Cast your Lightning! May the Ravens drink deep.

General

THANK YOU TENT PIXIE! I am overjoyed, grateful and humbled by your gift of a fine new tent! Only in the SCA - I shall pay your blessing forward. Joyfully, Amazon the Accident Prone

I would like to say thanks to all the parents who stayed and helped me with the kids making a pouch class. It was a success due to all the helpers. Thanks a lot - Michael of Devonshire

Seamstress: The sewing lady is at #183.

Help Wanted

Looking for someone to be a wandering merchant to sell T-shirts for the chirurgeon's fund. See Claus the Toymaker at 24 Merchants Row.

Lost & Found

Lost: Satellite dish - House Stahlgeist has misplaced the dish! The big screen TV is here and the cold fusion power supply is fusing! Beer bounty!

Parties

Barony of Brendoken! A revel open house will be on August 17 at Erevnite Asteron, N22, starting at 6:30 PM. Look for the two astronomers on the gate.

Personals

HOUSE GRAY FOX. I really wish I could be there! Missing all y'all - Love you! HAVE FUN and raise a glass of mead for me!... The Astrid

Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate SchoolÑPooBah!

Rneld still Loves AnnaRousse

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Her Heirusellency's Heirusalism of the day: "Otherwise known as the 'love shack.'"

Squirty the Squid returns to his annual hunting grounds. Getting tired of skunks - maybe try Dead Rabbits today with ink and a nice Chianti.

Viscount Sir Leif Gray Fox - good luck in your battles and know that my heart is with you! All my love - Astrid

PI Web Edition -- Sunday, August 15, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Sunday, August 15, 2004.
Please see the table of contents (below) for today's top stories.


Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton: The Middle Kingdom Laurels did not go away hungry from Saturday's pig roast at the royal encampment. From left, Lord James Ironmark, part of the cooking team, Master Brusten de Bearsul and Master Jean-Paul Pierpont, both Laurels.

The Short, Victorious War

By THL Heirusalem Crystoma

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, in his musings to the Pennsic populace stated, "I would like to dedicate the 33rd Pennsic War to 'inspiration.' I encourage us all to look inward to find that which inspires us to be part of Our Society and having done thus, share with others the motivation that draws us to Pennsic each year." This eloquent yet simple statement, when viewed in the darkness of a (mostly) sleeping late evening of Pennsic War becomes a quest. It is easily, longingly, happily fulfilled.

Our current world is filled with fear and strain. For many of us, the thought of spending a week or two playing at a congenial medieval war seems almost laughable in light of the harsh reality of war gripping the world. Our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and dear friends are gripped in that reality and are never far from our thoughts. What they are doing is so large compared to what we are doing and where we are that it is beyond our comprehension.

Therein lies a modest and grand part of inspiration.

Wars are declared, fought and lost over ideals, politics and commerce. Here we fight a different kind of war, not over a broken arrow or boundaries or over the long-planned and well-rehearsed designs of kings and queens. This war is not insignificant or silly. It is a war we each bring with us and each leaves the battlefield victorious.

For the individual, it is the same war our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and dear ones fight. Each of us, in our private war, starts each day with hope. Each day we do battle. If we do it right, each evening we lay down with less of ourselves and we somehow better the world around us.

Our war is against ignorance, greed, selfishness and loss of the heritage that has been stretched and shaped into the conditions we currently live in. It is a defiance of the idea that a community cannot be built on honor and integrity. It is a triumph of beauty, imagination and reason.

Here, the dignity of the Royalty, the heart of the artisan, the honor of the fighter, the banter of the merchant, the touch of the lover, the song of the bard, the innocent smile of the child, the nod of the person who just walked past you, and in all who create this unique and peaceable war, there is victory.

Because whatever else you may go home with, you will go home with inspiration in this short victorious war. Wherever our loved ones are today, may they be so inspired by their companions. May we be so inspired by their selfless dedication with which they fight their lengthy one.

Push for 1500

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Pennsic Independent Editor-in-Chief

Have you come to Pennsic to get all the fighting in you possibly can? Viscount Geoffrey Scott has. He hopes to fight 1500 bouts at Pennsic — and you might be able to help.

Viscount Geoffrey, a 37-year old resident of the West Kingdom and squire to Sir Geoffrey Mathias, has been in the SCA over twelve years and was inspired by another fighter's quest to fight 1000 fights. "Believing that goals should be something that one should strive for, I therefore set a goal that I was unsure that I could reach," he says. "I needed a number that would really push me. I chose 1500."

While Viscount Geoffrey has never fought anywhere near that many bouts over a period of a couple of weeks, he has fought over 100 bouts on a single day at one particular event for the past five years. "This year, we met our goal to fight 120 battles in a single day. Each year we benefit a different charity. This year it was the Crohns and Colitis Foundation."

Viscount Geoffrey's personal challenge has, however, now become Royal Decree. King Uther of the West Kingdom has ordered him to complete it before appearing before him at Purgatorio the weekend after Pennsic to accept the accolade of knighthood. Viscount Geoffrey says, "There is no longer any doubt as to whether I can achieve my goal. I shall honor my word and my King. I shall fight 1500 fights." Viscount Geoffrey also intends to fight the battles at Pennsic as well. Viscount Geoffrey reached 1000 fights by Friday evening, added 150 more on Saturday, and hopes to finish his quest by today.

Those who wish to help Viscount Geoffrey fulfill his quest will find a man who loves to fight in many styles-from a pas d'armes, with matched weapons at the barrier, to "mad dog" tourneys in which the fighters fight as many challenges as they can during the time allotted for the tourney, with one point for each fight and another for each victory. His armor is currently late 14th century transitional plate, and he says the weapons forms he has been using most often are sword and heater and sword and buckler.

Viscount Geoffrey plans to spend as much time as he possibly can on the battlefield. Look for his arms: Azure, a chevron and in base a compass star, Or.

Photo by Liam St. Liam: Viscount Geoffrey Scott, left, prepares to fight King Draco of Lochac as part of his quest to fight 1500 bouts in preparation for his elevation to the Order of Chivlary.

Saturday Tournament Wrap-Up

By Donal Bane of Blakmers, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Outlands Unbelted Tournament

About 30 gentles came to the field to participate in the first major tournament of Pennsic: the Outlands Unbelted Tournament. Under the watchful eyes of TRM Giovanni and Cainnleach of Outlands, the gentles fought in two round-robin line tournaments until the top eight fighters were determined based on the number of wins.

Once the final eight were determined, the tournament went to a single elimination bracket. The finals saw Sichelgaita von Halstern of the East face off Prince Hrodir Vigagein of Northshield. Striking a blow for all women fighters, Sichelgaita first legged Hrodir and then bested him with blow to the head. She was awarded a table by Their Majesties for her effort.
HRM Cainnleach also presented another table to Hedinn Inn Raudi of the East, who showed great courage in his very first tournament.

Judicial Combat — Historic Combat Series

The Historic Combat Series opened war week with Judicial Combats, a tournament modeled after German judicial combats of the 15th century. Eight gentles took part in the tournament where each gentle game armed with dagger, short spear and bastard sword. Killing blows could be registered by face thrusts, trusts to the elbow and armpit, three head blows with the sword or being knocked to the ground or driven from the list.

The round-robin tournament ended with Sir Vladimir Aleksandrov winning six fights to take the tournament.

One schedule note: due to the Known World Squires' Tournament occurring on Thursday, the Plate and Mail Tournament for the Historic Combat Series has moved to Friday at 2 p.m.

Photo by Heirusalem Crystoma: The Pennsic battle and archery range stand ready for a week of fighting and archery.

Scoping the Swords and Shields: War Points Explained

By Donal Bane of Blakmers, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Greetings, fellow warrior watchers!

With Pennsic XXXIII upon us, I'm certain a great multitude of gentles will be descending on the battlefield to fight or cheer on their favorite gentles. However, changes are afoot in the Pennsic War Point schedule and I hope to explain those changes with the help of Pennsic Battlefield Coordinator Sir Alaric Lefevre.

First, the number of actual war points has jumped from 13 to 27 this year,
"That was Their Majesties' decision," Lefevre said. "It helps make each battle mean something and each one more important. Hopefully, it will keep more fighters involved at the war."

Indeed, instead of having best-of-three battles, such as the field battle, each win will earn one War point. The same will go for battles with banners as the goal; each banner will be worth one war point.

Perhaps the biggest news this year comes from the "It's About Darn Time" file: for the first time in Pennsic history, mass rapier battles will be included as war points. There will be a rapier broken field battle at 1 p.m. Wednesday (one point) and woods (one point) battle at 2 p.m. Thursday. Along with the rapier champions' battle (3 p.m. Monday), the fencers will have their biggest influence on the outcome of Pennsic in history.

"Their Majesties made the decision to include [rapiers] and I think it's a good decision," Lefevre said. "This will do a lot to support the rapier communities in the Society."

Archery is back as well, with the archery champions' shoot (one point) and populace shoots (three points) running throughout war week. As always, my faithful colleague Liam St. Liam will keep his eyes trained on the fencers and archers.

For my fellow rattan-lovers, the war gets started with a bang on Monday as the field battle (11 a.m., three fights, one point each), belted champions (one point), unbelted champions (one point) and the heroes' resurrection battle. Unlike previous years, the heroes' battle will be a one-hour resurrection battle on a single bridge. A banner in the center of the bridge will be contested between 150 champions from each great army. At each five-minute interval, a point will be awarded to the side that holds the banner and the side with the most points after an hour wins.

"Their majesties came to an agreement on this," Lefevre said. "They wanted to test their champions and they will do so."

The woods battle (noon, one point for each banner collected) takes center stage Tuesday, while the bridge battle (11 a.m., three fights, one point each) and the allied champions battle will run on Wednesday.

Thursday could be a crucial day for the war, as the mountain pass battle returns at 11 a.m. There will be two fights in this year's mountain pass battle with three banners, each worth one war point, up for grabs. With six points available, it will be the last big chance to earn points at war.
The grand finale on Friday is the fort battle (11 a.m., one point), with the battle following the same format as last year. Each side will be given a chance to attack and defend the castle and the side that holds out longer wins the war point. However, there is one big change this year in that there will be only one way to approach the castle: a 30-foot-wide causeway.

In the middle of that causeway, a banner will be posted. If the defending side can hold that banner for 10 minutes, they will receive a 10-minute bonus to their castle holdout time. As usual, attackers will get unlimited resurrections, while defenders get none.

"That was done to give the battle a bit more authenticity," Lefevre said.

Lefevre said there is one big change in that the main battlefield has been expanded to 600 feet by 600 feet. As a result, there will be no car traffic allowed on the battlefield.

"There have been some logistical problems that forced us to do that," Lefevre said. Lefevre is hoping for a very competitive war and so am I. I have it on good authority — namely HRM Felix of the Midrealm — that the sides will be very even fighter-wise this year. That will be a welcome change from last year's Pennsic, which basically was over after Opening Ceremonies. Sunday's featured melee: The Lost Boys Fort Battle — 3 p.m.

What to look for: With the war point battles not starting until Monday, this is fighter's last change to get their melee fix before it counts. Usually, many warriors do just that and result is a rollicking good time.

Youse have a good time!

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

The comparison that this year's Pennsic Mayor, Viscount Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy, has made that running Pennsic is like running Tammany Hall in the early days of New York is apt. When you run a staff of 152, including seven divisions whose heads share about 120 years of Pennsic experience and 54 departments, with a budget of $214,000-not to mention 352 porta-potties (cleaned twice daily) — you have to have the political skills of a machine boss — if perhaps not the thuggery to back it up.

The thugs have been replaced by the Dead Rabbits, the "hiring hall" for Pennsic, which will be used as a volunteer clearinghouse, as well as a way to provide those who seriously breach Pennsic rules — but not enough to get sent home — a way to provide "community service." Other new features this year: a bigger battlefield (600x600 feet, or approximately 200 metres square), new modular, easy-to-store daises, a new pager system, and more A&S tents. Approximately 10,500 pre-registered for Pennsic this year.

The A&S tents are also the focus of a significant policy change. Private parties are no longer allowed to book the tents, because of increasing liability concerns over alcohol and cleanup issues. Meetings, vigils, performances, and other "official" business will still take place in the tents, however.

Another new rule (#25 in your Pennsic book) forbids posting notices or announcements in the porta-potties. These have become a cleaning issue for the companies we rent them from because of sticky residue, etc., and we were being charged to clean them after Pennsic. Rule #26, also new this year, prohibits tampering with, moving, destroying, or vandalizing any Cooper's Lake property, such as signs, the Barn, golf carts, Zoning and Planning markers, etc.

Many have asked whether the haywagons will be running again this year, after last year's mudbath. According to Viscount Edward, buses have replaced the haywagons for the route around the lake, and a haywagon will run up to the archery field.

Pennsic 34 (2005)

Bardicci to Host Subtlety Contest

All ye Makers and Patrons of the fine arts of table and board: Take Heed!
His Excellency Guglielmo Bardicci, a humble citizen and court Baron of the fair Sylvan Lands of Æthelmearc, Petitions Your Attention.

Continuing in his ever-expanding patronage of the arts and in celebration of four & thirty profitable years of war, Baron Bardicci once again sponsors

A Grand Subtlety Competition and Exhibition at this year’s Pennsic War open to all Denizens of the Known World.

A subtlety is an extravagant comestible designed to delight and deceive the senses. An ornate and edible artform often served at the culmination of a Feast or as part of the desert remove, it is a centerpiece of the sideboard.

All entries will be accecpted on Thursday morning of War Week and shall be on display throughout the day during the open house of CASA BARDICCI accompanied by period entertainment and gracious hospitality for all visitors.

Contestants should consider that this competion will take place at Pennsic where amenities are at a minimum. Field subtleties that can stand up to the rigors of war are highly recommended. Entrants may wish to consider that their creations will be displayed in a late-period Italian villa, amidst an opulent Venetian board. Imagination and well-researched works are highly encouraged.

Each contestant will receive a silver coin for entering our contest and the populace shall choose up to a dozen winners to receive a Bardicci Golden Token and an invitation to the Baron's High Society Soiree in Honor of the Arts. Two entries will be chosen from among the finalists to be awarded Highest Honors and receive a period silver spoon hand-crafted by Master Erwillian MacFergus and a fabulous period portrait platter crafted by Lady Genevieve de Chalfant.

Royalty, Peers and other influential Personages and Patrons of the Arts shall view and consume the exhibition at His Excellency's High Society Arts Party in the full splendor of Casa Bardicci at night.

Contact Master Erwillian the Bard's scribe Radha at casabardicci@hotmail.com

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Graybeard Heavy Weapons Tournament at Pennsic

In honor of all the tournaments that they have fought in, and in anticipation of Viscount Syr Bear's sixtieth Royal tournament, Viscount Syr Bear the Wallsbane and Earl Sir Bearengaer hinn Raudi will host a Graybeard heavy weapons double elimination tournament at Pennsic XXXIV, August 14, 2005, at 3:00 P.M. at the Red tourney Field. Entrants must meet the minimum age requirement of fifty years of age, and proof of age will be required. The tournament will be fought under the Combat Conventions of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

The tournament prize will be a scroll done by the hand of Mistress Yvianne de Castel d'Avignon, and the Sylvan Army Support Services will provide refreshments for the participants and spectators. Please contract Syr Bear
at syrbear@aol.com for more information, if needed.

Baron Vladisla Nikulich (just Vlad),
Squired to Sir Reinhardt Von Berchtesgaden,
Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Shire of Stormsport

Living pieces of history: SCA History Night at Pennsic

By Sgt. Azrael ben Shemhazai

Hard as it may be to believe, we’re coming up on 40 years since the backyard party at Berkeley May 1, 1966, that marks the founding of the Society for Creative Anachronism. And in that time, just as in the Real Middle Ages, we in the Current Middle Ages have developed an impressive treasure trove of history, stories and adventures. And along with those stories we have our relics — real, physical evidence of days gone by.

To commemorate this upcoming Ruby Anniversary, the Middle Kingdom Historian’s Office will be sponsoring the First Annual SCA History Night at Pennsic XXXIV. Date and time have yet to be determined, though we’re expecting it to be in the evening sometime in the middle of War Week.

We invite participants and interested parties from all over the Known World to bring themselves, their stories, and their relics of times gone by so that we might all revel in our shared heritage. Attendees can expect spirited discussions and memories of the old days, a slide show/photo display of early Midrealm events, and a display of various items of interest.

This will also mark the first public display of the Middle Kingdom Reliquary, a semi-permanent traveling exhibit of great relics from the Midrealm’s collective past, whether they be carpet armor and freon helms from another age of fighting or legendary artifacts such as the sword carved from solid wood Duke Moonwulf carried to his first event.

It is our hope that this gathering inspires similar reliquaries and interest in SCA history around the Known World — and if it goes over well, you can certainly expect a Second Annual History Night at Pennsic XXXIV, right at the peak of the Society’s 40th Anniversary jubilee!

Lady Meliora Leuedai de Ardescote, Midrealm Historian, and Sgt. Azrael ben Shemhazai, Curator of the Reliquary, will be seeking out Midrealm relics at various events over the summer and beyond. Scrolls, armor, weapons, regalia, or any other significant elements of days past – all are welcome! And if there’s a story attached to the relic, so much the better. Lady Meliora will be at Baron Wars, Rose Tourney and Border War, and Azrael will be at Border Raids and Simple Day.

If you have something you wish to loan to the Reliquary, have any general questions about the project or the History Night, or wish to offer your services (we’ll be needing relic holders and displays, after all!) to this project, please contact Azrael at ppogue@nuvo.net or Meliora at sandymsmith@gmail.com.

Much more information and specifics will be forthcoming as the History Night and Reliquary concepts grow, so please watch this space for future developments!

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PI Hoping to Publish First Saturday

For years, there has been an interest in having The Pennsic Independent publish during the first week.

In a potential move toward doing so, the PI staff is exploring the possibility of publishing an issue on the first Saturday of War Week.

This special issue will be a welcome issue, with a summary of activities that take place during "Land Grab Week", the first week of Pennsic. This particular week has grown from several dozen land representatives to thousands of participants. More activities take place now than ever before. Merchants and the food court open, and classes and the battlefield are now scheduled during that week.

The issue will be on sale at Pennsic, but will only be included in the PDF subscriptions, sets, and mail-home subscriptions for the cost of an extra edition ($.75). If we find that we will be able to publish this, it will be reflected on the order form in early July.

We are hoping to get the support we need to publish this special issue. In order to do this, we have to have strong readership, advertising support, Urchins, and staff.

Most of our staff is unable to attend until the second week, and it takes some time to get properly set up to produce PI. Therfore, we are looking for folks to help us in the various tasks that must be completed. We need a couple of reporters, some strong arms, and front desk help. Please contact the Publisher, Heirusalem, if you would like to help us.

More than anything else, we need to know if you would be interested in purchasing this edition. Please fill out the poll on this page and let us know if you support this idea.

Thank you!

The PI Staff

PI Publishing 8 Issues Again This Year!

More Pennsic news! More history!

In response to years of requests and last year's success, The Pennsic Indpendent is publishing a premier issue on the first Saturday of War Week again this year!

The new issue will summarize the activities of Land Grab week, with lots of photos and stories about what happens during that first week. Don't miss it!

Since we will be publishing eight issues, our prices for subscriptions have been adjusted accordingly. All subscription prices have been raised to cover the price of the extra issue. However: PDF subscribers will get a special deal this year, as the PDF subscription price has not changed! PDF subscribers will receive all eight issues for the same price as seven PDF subscriptions!

If you cannot make it to the War this year, or want to get your Pennsic Independent in color to print at home, the PDF subscription is your best deal this year!

As always, please remember that your early orders help us make our costs early in the War. We appreciate the great support you, our readers, have always shown us and look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Subscribe today!

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PI Web Edition -- Friday, August 19, 2005

Dragon outlasts Tyger, takes the Causeway Battle

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Correspondent, Pennsic Independent

After 20 War Points: Midrealm Dragons 19,
East Tygers 1

A hot and bright morning greeted the two grand armies Thursday as the Midrealm and the East met to face each other in the causeway battle. This was the second straight year the fort hosted this rollicking affair.

Each side took turns attacking and defending the fort. Attackers got unlimited resurrections while the defenders received none as they attempted to overrun the opposing kings banner in the center of the fort. Whichever side held out the longest would receive three War Points.

The first fight saw the Midrealm on the defensive. The Dragon dispatched the forces from Atlantia to the east gate with Calontir, Outlands and Northshield in reserve. The Darkyard Legion and House Red Wing Lion took the west gate, with Ealdormere and AEthelmearc in reserve. In the center, Trimaris, House Darkmoon and House Stahlgeist held the battlements with the rest of the Midrealm army in central reserve.

As the first battle began, the Midrealm lines held firm and a solid wall of ballista and trebuchet fire made the causeway a dangerous place to be. For 20 minutes, the gate defenses held firm, but then the East was able to break through the defenses on the east gate. A rush of warriors from Markland, the Tuchux, Black Talon, and elements of the Northern Army, led by HRH Darius of the East, crashed into the remaining forces of the Midrealm King's Guard and the Oaken Army. HRM Alaric was soon overrun and the fort was surrendered at 22:53.

The two armies switched sides and the Tyger attempted to outlast the Midrealm's time. HRM Kelson deployed the Northern Army and Drachenwald to the east gate, while Black Talon and the Southern Army were sent to the east gate. The East's western allies and the Ironlance Company led the defense of the central gate, with Markland, the Tuchux and Rome and House Bloodguard in the reserve.

The west gate defenses were virtually unmovable as Black Talon and friends did not allow a single Midrealmer or ally inside the fort. The east gate also held firm early on. Surprisingly, the Midrealm seemed to gain an early foothold inside the central gate, despite this being the hardest gate to punch through in past battles. More and more reserves were committed to the central gate until a small group of Midrealm fighters bubbled out the side of the kill pocket. However, the East's final reserves closed the gap.

At the same time, the East's defenses at the east gate collapsed. An international coalition led by Northshield and containing Midrealm, Outlands, Calontir and AEthelmearc fighters descended on HRM Kelson like locusts. HRM Kelson waved the flag in surrender with 16:27 elapsed on the clock, giving the Midrealm the victory.

HRM Tarrach of Northshield assembled his fighters on the causeway after the fight.

"There was no hesitation this time," HRM Tarrach said. "We charged hard and we ended this battle quickly."

Friday's Big Battle

The Field of Honour

This is the big one. A fitting end to a week of mass melees as the East and Midrealm will meet for a final time in this non-resurrection, last man standing brawl. There will be three fights, each worth one War Point, and the last one will allow for combat archery.

What to watch for: One of the greatest spectacles in the Known World. The first charge of the field battle is always a sight to behold.

Midrealm takes Rapier Champions War Point;Youth display skills in the AEthelmearc tourney

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

On a field crowded with Dons, White Scarves, Bronze Rings and others from the cream of the rapier community, it took 28 bouts to determine the victor in the Rapier Champions War Point. But when Warder Andrew Blackwood MacBain the Purple slew Lord Malcolm Bowman, that pushed the Midrealm to 16 victories, a majority among the 30 planned bouts.

The two sides split the remaining two bouts, giving the Middle Kingdom a 17-13 victory in the battle.

Using a heroic champions format, with each side taking turns selecting a fighter and the other choosing one from their team whose skills would best match, the fighting went on for more than two hours with only the occasional cloud cover to offer shade from the heat. However, spirits on both sides remained high, with shouts of encouragement and surprisingly well-organized cheerleaders egging the participants on.

The combatants being culled from the premier rapier artistes of the Known World, the fights were not wild and flashy affairs for the most part, though some had their moments. One of the more spectacular pitted two allied fencers: Baron Aedan Aylwyn, Provost of Atlantia, fighting for the Midrealm squared off with Don Robert McPharland of Ansteorra for the East. With the crowd loudly urging them to feats of valor, they clashed again and again until Don Robert scored a touch on Baron Aedan's leg.

"Do you wish to continue?" inquired Don Robert as Aedan settled to his knees.

"Yes!" riposted Baron Aedan. "You've given me better wounds than that!"

"An old gentleman in my kingdom once told me I get one lucky shot a day," Robert replied. "And I think that was it."

Don Robert threw a number of shots at Baron Aedan's sword arm, and after His Excellency repeated blocked them with his quillions the Don suggested, "If you would turn the bars a little bit, that would really facilitate this."

Finally, Don Robert landed a thrust to slay Baron Aedan and take the victory.

AEthelmearc Youth Tourney

There were only four participants, but there was plenty of fighting to go around at the AEthelmearc Youthk Rapier Tournament on Wednesday morning.

Entering the tourney were Jason of Atlantia, Grazia and Collette du Vollois of the Midrealm, and Simon of Ealdormere. They fought a double-elimination tournament, with each round being the best two out of three - and with the third bout being fought even if one fencer won the first two. Schlager was the weapon used by all participants.

Collette and Jason made their way to the finals, with Jason undefeated. In the first round, Jason (fighting sword and dagger) took the first fight but Collette (fighting case) came back with two victories to force a decisive match. Maintaining their weapon selections, the two went at it again with Collette taking both of Jason's arms for the win. In the second bout, the fencers double-killed, and in the third fight Jason took Collette's sword arm, then ran her through for the victory.

However, after conferring following the round, the two fighters decided they should be co-champions of the list. They also shared the "best death" award, as selected by the marshals, and Grazia was named "most chivalrous" for continually making sure her opponents were not facing the sun and comfortable when they lost their legs.

"With the numbers of youth fighters in their kingdom burgeoning," said Youth Marshal, Lady Gwyneth McClellan, "AEthelmearc is hoping to promote the activity by recognizing their own and other kingdoms' young rapier fighters."

The only thing that threatens to hold back the surge in youth rapier numbers is the fact they grow out of the 14- to 17-year-old age bracket. "The biggest threat to youth fighting is birthdays," cracked Ivan Pevcov, another AEthelmearc marshal. "And band camp," added his counterpart Lord John MacPherson of Badenoch.

Pennsic Historically Part 7: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

For all the similarities between the events of Pennsic and the events of the historical Middle Ages, there's one way in which the two things are very different. One of the prevailing concepts of the medieval era was a certain sense of change and ambition. The invading barbarian hordes (or whatever they're being called in academic circles these days - persons of migratory inclination, perhaps) wanted more of the Roman luxuries, the pilgrims of the 11th century wanted to see the Holy Land, consumers in Europe wanted more imports from the east, nobles wanted more authority over the tenants on their lands, knights wanted more lavish armor to impress the ladies who watched them in their tournaments (knights are kinda prima donnas that way). One of the hallmarks of Western society was that everyone, regardless of station, always seemed to want more.

Like the Middle Ages, the week of Pennsic can easily turn into a mad rush from one activity to the next: fight in the morning, then take a class, go shopping, have dinner, go party hopping ... and suddenly you wonder where the heck the week went. After fighting approximately seven zillion challenge fights the other day, I was laying there with my head on the thrusting tip of my great sword (which does not sound comfortable at all unless you've just fought seven zillion challenge fights) with barely enough energy left to stare at the sky and continue breathing. Then, a nice young lady came by and asked if she could take my picture. I'm not sure why she wanted a photo of a stinky, sweaty old fighter, but I was happy to let her use her camera as long as it didn't involve me having to get up.

She gave me a copy of the picture, and ironically she'd captured, not the sense of utter exhaustion that I felt at the time, but an image of something there isn't enough of at Pennsic, in medieval history or in the world at large: contentment. Sometimes it's easy to forget that not every moment needs to be full of getting, doing or learning more. Sometimes we need to take the time to lie back, look at the sky, and appreciate what we have - because what we have here in the SCA is pretty wonderful.

May you all find your own moment of contentment at Pennsic.


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PI Web Edition -- Monday, August 15, 2005

This is the web edition of the Pennsic Independent for Monday, August 15, 2005.

Pennsic Historically--Part 3: It's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

The progression of the week of Pennsic War bears some striking similarities to the progression of the Middle Ages, and by the third day of the war, with everyone settled down to stay for a while, Pennsic moves into its Crusading phase.

Of course, we all know that by the beginning of the 11th century the people of Europe had survived the myriad threats of famine, plagues, apocalypses and Vikings and, with all these troubles behind them, Europeans decided that the best way to appreciate their situation was to go stir up trouble somewhere else. Thus, they turned their attention - and their swords - on their neighbors to the east.

This is not to say that the third day of Pennsic is the beginning of a campaign of religious intolerance, but rather it's a time when the value of good neighbors becomes very important. By Monday, camps that were once nothing but vast tracts of open land with herds of wildebeests grazing upon them are suddenly crowded with pavilions and tents of all shapes and sizes. It's a time to get to know one another better, a process that (as the real Crusades demonstrate) may or may not have entirely pleasant results.

Fortunately the neighborly spirit runs pretty strong on the block of land where we camp, which may be due to the fact that, when a bunch of clueless Caidans came to their first Pennsic about four years ago, our neighbors from the Hunter's Home camp fed us spaghetti and garlic bread for three days straight. Or it may be due to the fact that during set-up week Duke Rurik tends to run around with his crew of burly ®thelmearcian squires digging trenches and shower pits for everyone on the block without their shirts on, which is always a big hit with the ladies in camp.

But despite all the congeniality at the war, you have to be careful just how far you let this sense of neighborly sharing go: One year I allowed Sir Hansa of the West to talk me into "sharing" his skin-tight leather German landsknecht pants, which resulted in me being followed around by several Ladies of the Rose who were not, technically, my wife, trying to get pictures of me to use for future blackmail purposes. To this day I occasionally get a photo of myself wearing those pants in the mail along with an anonymous demand for huge sums of money in unmarked bills.

The third day of Pennsic, like the 11th century in Europe, is all about the neighbors. Perhaps if the Crusading knights had taken a bit of the Pennsic spirit with them to the Holy Land medieval history might have been filled with less battle and animosity and more shirtless dukes in tight-fitting leather German pants. Whether or not that's a good thing-well, I'll leave that to your imagination.

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Troll Works: From the Fire and Back Again

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

For Troll Works merchants Baron Gunnar the Smith and THLady Anna Longshanks of the East Kingdom, what they lost when their van caught fire last Sunday on the way to Pennsic cannot compare with the response they received once they arrived at the war.

"From the minute we got here, we've been treated like. . . it's just miraculous," said Baron Gunnar. "If there was any damage to our spirit, it was completely assuaged."

The couple, who live in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, had been traveling for about three hours when their van started to experience problems. Eventually it started spouting smoke and as soon as they pulled off the road, His Excellency said, it caught fire. He and his lady were the only ones in the van and both escaped unharmed; however, most of their possessions, including the stock of jewelry for his merchant booth, were lost.

"We salvaged a basket load of clothes, a couple of chests," said Baron Gunnar. We lost 20 to 30 percent of our garb, but we've been doing this for 25 or 30 years, it's not like we don't have more garb."

Their 18-year-old daughter, Nyssa, though, managed to reach in and grab her father's broadsword out of the burning vehicle, earning his praise as a "smart Viking daughter."

Even before the couple got to Troll, he recounted, offers of assistance were already being made, for example, replacements for Baron Gunnar's armor, which was destroyed in the blaze.

"I wasn't even in the gate here at Pennsic, and Ice from Bloodguard, who I've fought with . . . came up and said, 'Your legs are in my booth,'" he said.

A member of Vykland, the Viking encampment the couple camps with, began making him a new body harness; their son, Aifor, gave up his Viking tent and bought a mundane tent so his parents would be spared the indignity of camping in a modern tent. Others have provided their meals, since their food and cooking supplies were destroyed.

And even before the couple arrived at site in the middle of last week, Vlad's Pleasure Pavilion had started taking donations to help the couple recover.

"His entire life as a Norse Viking is gone," said Vlad, who met Baron Gunnar 20 years ago.

Late last week, Vlad estimated some $1,300 had been collected, and he would continue accepting donations for the couple throughout the war.

THLady Anna said she was overwhelmed by "the outpouring of love and affection and caring" since they arrived at the site. "It helped make a terrible situation into something bearable," she said.

Standing in their tree-shaded encampment on Hill Road a week after the incident, the two gentles seemed remarkably well composed - even jolly - for people who suffered such a huge setback. But His Excellency said that on the day of the fire, after a few minutes of shock and upset, they had already put the incident in its proper perspective: No one was hurt, and that's what mattered.

"We saved our incense, our candles, our matches and two cheesecakes," he said. "We sat on the side of the road, eating cheesecake and making jokes as our van burned."

"It was definitely the best fire I've ever seen," added daughter Nyssa. "The pyro in me was going, 'Yeah, burn! Burn!'"

As for Gunnar and Anna, they say that this year has suddenly become their first real vacation Pennsic in a long time.

"We actually went strolling together during the day!" exclaimed THLady Anna. "That hasn't happened since we started merchanting 15 years ago. It's wonderful!"

And thanks to the donations of armor, Baron Gunnar says he won't have to miss a single War Week battle. What's more, he'll be able to replace all of his tools without waiting for an insurance settlement, so he can get back to his craft as soon as the war is over. The generosity of their Vykland compatriots, Vlad and others has been incredible to behold, he said.

"I'm just stunned," he said. "This is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, our best war ever.

"Everything that has ever been said about chivalry and honor in the SCA, I can tell you it is true."

Editorial Note: The annual Concert for Unknown Charity, held by Duke Moonwulf StarKaadarson, voted to donate the proceeds from passing the hat to Trollworks on Monday night.

You Realize, of Course, This Means WAR!!!

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Correspondent, Pennsic Independent

The Great Pennsic War XXXIV officially got underway Sunday morning as a large multitude of the populace assembled for Opening Ceremonies. As has become custom, the populace of AEthelmearc was the first to assemble, with TRMs Malcolm and Tessa preparing to welcome the rest of the kingdoms to their land. Songs of the glory of ®thelmearc rang out as Their Majesties awaited their guests.

After about 20 minutes, the grand columns from both the East Kingdom and the Midrealm marched in shoulder-to-shoulder, followed by representatives from every other kingdom in the Known World in order of their date of founding. It was TRMs Tarrach and Fina of Northshield that drew the biggest applause, as this will be the first war Northshield will participate in as a kingdom.

Once all of Their Majesties had arrived, HRM Malcolm welcomed the populace in a full voice.
"The sun shines brightly on this morning," HRM Malcolm said. "We hope this leads to a week of great camaraderie."

Malcolm then yielded to the kings of the belligerent nations. HRM Kelson of the East, leading the Tyger to war for the second straight Pennsic, spoke first.

"I find the entire concept of fighting my cousin here foolish," HRM Kelson said. Kelson then presented his court jester to the crowd and said he was willing to fight a fool.

HRM Alaric of the Midrealm was not fooling around, however.

"I am sure the forces of the Midrealm will be here to meet you on this field," HRM Alaric said."

"We will then pledge to do as we have always done: to keep the fight clean and honorable," HRM Kelson said.

"We must remember always what is written on the Runestone," HRM Alaric said. "Let no one fight in anger; Let no one fight in pain."

Alaric then produced the war arrow and broke it before presenting it to Kelson. As he did, cannons sounded drawing great applause from the crowd. Kelson then asked Alaric to keep the arrow, although he showed that Alaric would look excellent with the arrow sticking in his breastplate. Alaric countered that he would hold onto the arrow's barb to ensure no foul play.

The heralds of both the Midrealm and the East then alternated in calling out the names of the kingdoms and asking that they declare their allegiance to either the Dragon or the Tyger.

After HRM Thorfinn of the West and HRM Eduard of Atenveldt declared for the East, HRM Maximillan of Meridies was asked to declare.

"Well, I do declare!" HRM Maximillan said, drawing much laughter from the crowd. Saying he wanted to repel "the Yankee menace," HRM Maximillan declared for the Middle.

HRM Dietrich of Caid and HRM Uther of An Tir both then declared for the East, with HRM Uther indicating the East served him well when he was a novice fighter and he would repay the debt.

HRM Robert of Atlantia then broke with tradition as he declared his kingdom would fight alongside the Midrealm. HRM Jason of Ansteorra then declared for their traditional allies with the East.

HRM Tristan of Calontir then pulled a bit of a swerve, as he said he would repay the hospitality of the new Kingdom of Northshield by fighting alongside them. An emissary from The Outlands later said his kingdom would follow suit.

HRM Baldar of Trimaris, who is celebrating his kingdom's 20th anniversary, said he pledged "our weather and our arms to the Midrealm." HRM Cornelius of Lochac later would reply that it was snowing in his homeland and that Trimaris "can keep its weather" before declaring for the East. Drachenwald and Artemesia also declared for the East.

It was then ®thelmearc's turn and HRM Malcolm said, while he remembered his kingdom's heritage with the East, HRM Alaric had impressed him and AEthelmearc would fight with the Middle. HRM Edouard of Ealdormere then said he would honor his heritage and that his kingdom would follow the Middle.

Finally, Northshield took the stage for the first time and, with three kingdom armies at his disposal, HRM Tarrach declared he would fight alongside his former kingdom brothers in the Midrealm.

After all the SCA kingdoms had declared, representatives from the Holy Kingdom of Acre came forth and declared for their traditional allies of the East. Khan Rowena of Avalon, Khan of the Great Dark Horde then approached and said HRM Alaric had welcomed her people "with open arms, open minds and open pocketbooks." She then gave an arrow to Alaric, signifying the Horde's alliance with the Midrealm.

House Darkyard then came forth, bearing the Pennsic War Horn. HRM Alaric then played a scale on the horn before his consort, HRM Noelle, gave her own high blast.

It was HRM Alaric who had the last word of the ceremony.

"Let you all come to what fields that you may," said HRM Alaric. "Be it with rapier, archery or at heavy fighting, may you come with victory in your hearts and honor for your noble opponents. Until that time that we see you on the field, we will greet you."

PI Web Edition -- Saturday, August 13, 2005

This is the Pennsic Independent web edition for Saturday, August 13, 2005.

Creating History

by Lord Stephan Calvert deGrey

Asst. Editor, Pennsic Independent

If it were not for various bouts of mundania, this would be my twentieth Pennsic. I was squired right down the road from here in a small camp at the corner of Low and Chandler's back at Pennsic XV in what is now humorlessly called E02 and was gladly taken into my knight's household. It was my first Pennsic and I had been in the SCA for about two years. My sword brother had been my best friend since we were nine and he was the one who brought me into this barely controlled insanity.

The War was a lot smaller then. There was no Serengeti. Dragon Trace was where the parking lot started. My kingdom (AEthelmearc) didn't even exist then, not even in anyone's imagination. The Woods Battle was fought down by the Bog. There might have been 2500 people onsite and most came on Friday and left on Sunday. We fenced in a thunderstorm and hid under the shade of the trees. Like many others at their first Pennsic before and since, I met a cute girl. The next year she was my wife. Nineteen years and two children later, she still is, and our youngest is best known for crashing an ice wagon down the very hill where his parents first found their love for each other.

Some things don't change. Some things do. Today, the War is not small. We now have over 11,000 people here at Pennsic scattered among eighteen (and soon to be nineteen) kingdoms. The War is now on officially neutral ground. Instead of a couple of dozen merchants we have over three hundred. The most splendiferous camps of Pennsic XV would be hopelessly primitive by today's standards and the constructions of today would marvel our forebears and the people we were twenty years ago. We've grown and matured far beyond what anyone could have imagined back in A.S. XXI. I'm no longer a bright-eyed idealistic young squire. Somewhere along the way I turned into what is commonly referred to as a "dinosaur." I don't even know how it happened. It happened to my wife and a lot of my friends as well. It will probably happen to a lot of you, too.

The SCA is a medieval re-creation society. It says so right there in Corpora. Many, if not most of us have done some rather impressive work in this regard wherever we have traveled. Many of us have traveled far but still we are all drawn here, like moths to a flickering tiki torch. So I'm forced to ask myself, what makes this place different? What makes this place special?

We have our own local events in hundreds of places scattered over five continents (six if you count Southern Wastes) but why do so many of us come here every August? It's certainly not the weather. Western Pennsylvania in summertime can often be a bizarre cross between west Texas, south Florida and Mount Olympus with scorching heat, oppressive humidity and godlike thunderstorms.

Although we may be a re-creation society this is not the place where we simulate history. This is the place where we make our own. Every single one of the tens of thousands of us who has ever been here has done their share in making this place special. Events that have happened here have become legend. Many of us have been fortunate enough to see and participate in some of those legends. I remember seeing the Ansteorran Army singing "Non Nobis" while leaving the Field Battle fourteen years ago. I remember cheerfully marching to certain doom in another Field Battle where the entire Knowne Worlde fought against us for the honor of the brave queen whose name now adorns Pennsic's most prominent hill. I remember being chased out of the Woods Battle by a bee swarm. I remember seeing many of my closest and dearest friends elevated to the Peerage here, several of them last year alone. Some of my friends are no longer with us, forever ensuring their status as legends. Some of yours probably aren't either. I remember music and dancing and fighting and drinking and drumming until four in the morning and wondering what bargains I can get on Wednesday nights. All of you do too.

We think about it all year long. That is why this place is special, some would even say sacred to us. Here, history isn't just what happened centuries ago in dusty books sitting in the library or on our bookshelves at home. Here, history is what we made. It is accessible to us. "There we were" isn't just the start of yet another tall tale, it is the living history of Pennsic made alive by all of us who have ever been here. We are as much a part of this place as this place is a part of each and every one of us.

All of us have created history in this magical place over the twenty-nine years Pennsic has been at Cooper's Lake. When you step on the field or go to the merchants or sit in a court or go to a party or look at the dancers or any of the countless varied things you can't do the same way anywhere else, remember that you are making more history. You are creating the history and legends of tomorrow. When you live the dream, dream big, then go out and do better. Someone will remember.

Early Bird Rapier Tourney

By Ld. Peregrine Fairchylde
Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent
The 25-odd rapier fighters who took the field this past Thursday had brought their blades, their bucklers, their cloaks, their masks, their rigid and soft parry devices.
But for what marshal-in-charge Lord Maximilian der Zauberben had in mind for the Early Bird Rapier Tourney, they needed one more item: A pen.
Lord Maximilian was determined the participants would take away more than a won-loss tally at the end of the tourney.
"The idea of the Early Bird is to get to know people," he announced to the combatants, while holding a shovel marked with black and yellow marshal's stripes. "I want talking, not just fighting . . . . You are to get one interesting fact about each opponent."
To that end, he produced worksheets for each duelist that included a space in which to write in some obscure fact about each opponent, eliciting a buzz of humorous speculation from the group.
"I smell like what?" one gentle suggested. "What if there's nothing interesting about me?" another joked.
"They're making us write? I can't believe we have to work," quipped Krieger from Tirnewydd in the Midrealm. "This is supposed to be just killing."
Yet as the fighters paired off on the field, it quickly became evident that each was taken up by the spirit of the tourney, as there was frequently as much talking as fighting going on.
"We tried this last year. My son tried running it," Lord Maximilian, who lives in the Barony of the Roaring Wastes, said. "We got mostly Midrealmers. This year we put it a little bit later in the day and hopefully we'll get a better cross-kingdom turnout."
The turnout included veterans of rapier fighting as well as relative newcomers. Krieger, who had been fighting for about a year, was enthusiastic about the format.
"This is incredible," he said. "This makes meeting people incredibly easy and darned fun."
Gillian de Whittemere of the East Kingdom found a bout partner and drew him to the picnic table under the pavilion.
"First the paperwork, then the bloodshed!" she declared.
With about six bouts happening at any one time, there was copious laughter and lots of conversation both on the field and off of it. Lord Maximilian, who was Midrealm Rapier Marshal last year and commander for the first rapier war point battle, said he wanted gentles in the rapier community to get to know the people behind the masks.
"You never know when you'll say, 'Hey, I do that, too!'" he said. "You recognize faces; this gives you the chance to put names to faces."
And that, he hopes, will reinforce the camaraderie and healthy rivalry that he has seen develop amongst rapier fighters across kingdoms, and encourage them to spend more time with each other off the field, as well.
For his part, Lord Maximilian said, an interesting fact about himself he'd share would be that he has an alternate persona, "Corporate Bob," a magician whose deadpan routine has been featured at the Coxcomb Academy's performances in years past.
Doffing his gear after declaring himself done for the day after a half-dozen bouts, Richard van Utrecht of the Midrealm had high praise for the Early Bird Tourney.
"I love the format, love the idea of having to go out and meet new people," he said. "It makes you think, especially in the heat."
One interesting tidbit he'd learned, he said, was that one of his opponents had made a helmet and entered it in an A&S competition, only to have the helmet go missing.
After 45 minutes of fighting, the tourney was called to a halt and Lord Maximilian sought to select a victor - which, he had warned in advance, might go to the person with the most victories, or the most opponents, or who had learned the most interesting fact.
And what had the fencers learned? "His house is full of Portuguese flags," one offered. "He single-handedly set back East Kingdom fencing five years," said another. "He's building a pagan community center," proclaimed a third, and a fourth proclaimed, "He was struck by lightning last year and was out partying the next night."
In the end, Phoebus Craythorne of the Shire of Mirage Forest in the Middle Kingdom was proclaimed the winner, and received a stuffed parrot for his efforts.
"I got the bird at Pennsic!" he exulted.

Pennsic Historically

Part 1: The Great Pennsic Migration
By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique
It has often been observed by wise and revered people who are, technically, me, that the SCA is more than an enjoyable historical re-creation society. The Society is also a replay of history in a microcosm. Our organization had some pretty barbaric tendencies at that party in Berkeley 39 years ago; today we are an enlightened culture full of beauty, service and chivalry who only occasionally put on chain mail bikinis.
But if the SCA itself is a high-speed facsimile of medieval culture, Pennsic War might be considered a portrait of the Middle Ages painted at warp speed. For seven days we all, in essence, relive a little re-creation of medieval Europe right here on the shores of Cooper's Lake every year, and that's what I'd like to explore with you day-by-day on the pages of this paper.
This concept occurred to me as my traveling companion, Baroness Ceridwen, and I were on our Pennsic cross-country driving sojourn because, the fact of the matter is, after spending five or six or seventy-three hours driving across New Mexico, you start to think up some pretty weird stuff. But the gist of my idea was this: From land grab to the end-of-the-world party, the days of Pennsic mimics the events and eras of the Middle Ages. For example, Pennsic always begins with a great migration.
Long ago, at the dawn of the Middle Ages, the nomadic tribes of the Asian steppes, such as the Goths, Huns, Lombards, Chandels, Osmonds, Bu–elos, etc. started to feel a longing, an urge deep down in their bones to get the heck away from home and go and kill something for goodness sake! Similarly, round about mid-June we too begin to feel a primal urge to venture away from our familiar surroundings. So, like those barbarian hordes of the dim past, we load up our armor, costumes and pavilions into our SUVs and rental trucks and set out for a new and different place. (Of course, the ancient barbarians didn't have the luxury of modern modes of conveyance; they had to make do with sport-utility donkeys and rental camels.)
Making the great Pennsic migration from California is certainly an interesting experience. Ceridwen and I have a running contest each year to see who will spot the first SCA car on the freeway. She was the winner this year when she saw a pick-up on I-40 near Oklahoma City with an Outlands bumper sticker. By the time we found ourselves calmly following a double-axle trailer carrying a pirate ship down the highway in Missouri, we knew we were pretty much being swept along in the irresistible force of the Pennsic migration.
Ceridwen and I thought we were being pretty sly, cruising along the road without any trace of our SCA-ness showing to the outside world - that is, until we stopped for gas in Effingham, Indiana, and the guy at the next pump said, "Hey, y'all headed for Pennsic?" Then we realized that when we'd stealthily packed our camper, the last things we'd fit in as were closing the rear window glass were my tournament shield, emblazoned with my heraldry, and the illuminated sign for her merchant booth. We'd basically been a rolling billboard for Pennsic for the past 2,000 miles.
All of us, like those barbarian migrants long ago, aren't quite sure what we'll find at the end of the journey each year, but we know it will be something wonderful. And we, at least, can take comfort in the fact that no matter what our great migration holds, there's chocolate milk, a cool lake and days of glorious battle waiting for us at the end of the trip.

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PI Web Edition -- Saturday, August 20, 2005

"They met on the Field of Honour"

By DonalBane of the Blakmers

Battlefield Correspondent, Pennsic Independent

Final Tally:

Midrealm Dragons 26,

East Tygers 1

The Grand Armies of the Midrealm and the East met for the final time Friday under overcast skies for The Field of Honour. The grand spectacle of the field battle brought out loads of spectators to cheer on their respective kingdoms.

Once again, the East lined its forces up on the western side of the battlefield determined to fight to the last man. House Bloodguard, Rome, the Tuchux, and the Northern Army held the north side of the field, while the Southern Army, Black Talon, the Bog Alliance and Ironlance held the center. The western allied kingdoms deployed themselves to the south.

The Dragon's armies lined up for the last time this war on the east side of the battlefield. Forces from AEthelmearc, Calontir, Ealdormere, Northshield and Outlands held the north, while the bulk of the Midrealm army deployed itself to the center. Forces from Atlantia, the Great Dark Horde and Trimaris held the south of the battlefield.

When the cannon sounded for the first fight, more than 1,000 gentles charged proudly into each other. The bulk of the East's forces held their own initially in the north and center, but the combined forces of Trimaris and Atlantia proved to be too much for the outnumbered fighter from the western kingdoms. The right side of the East line was flanked and the Atlantian forces began to charge north. Slowly, the whole of the outnumbered East line began to crumble until the remaining Tyger forces were trapped the northwest corner of the battlefield and wore down.

The second fight took a similar path, although the East's forces seemed to be more compact and organized in this fight. The Tyger held back some units in attempt to countercharge the surging Dragon armies. Unfortunately for the East, the Midrealm's surge could only be delayed and the battle once again collapsed until the Tuchux found themselves fighting against most of the Known World in the northwest corner of the battlefield.

The third fight allowed for combat archery and siege weapons, although many fewer siege weapons were used than the previous day on the causeway. The fight in the north followed the same path as the first two fights, but the fight to the south saw a reversal of fortunes. A tightly bunched group of the East's western allies were able to roll over forces from Trimaris in the initial charge. This same force then turned back and decimated the remains of the Atlanitan army in the south. Having cleared the southern battlefield, the western allies turned their attentions to the brawl to the north. They were greeted by a host of Midrealmers, anchored by the Darkyard Legion and House Darkmoon. It became a dark time for the outnumbered westerners as they were beaten in the final grand melee of the war.

Saturday's Big Battle: The flight of the dragons through the gates!

Seriously, HOOBAH, VIVAT, WASSAIL and HUZZAH to all the warriors and warrior watchers of the great Pennsic War. Hope to see you in a years' time for Pennsic XXXV.

Populace Archery Shoot Results (total for all three points):

Midrealm: 2,401

East: 1,261

All three populace archery points went to the Middle.

Rapier Woods Battle Results:

The Middle Kingdom took all five banners and so won the war point.

Pennsic Historically Part 8: Too Long, Too Far From Home

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

At the end of the Middle Ages, the great thinkers of Western society began an outward expansion to uncover new lands and resources for the thriving sense of industry and liberty that were blooming in that time. This is a really high-brow way of saying that by the beginning of the 17th century, anyone with half a brain was trying to get the heck out of Europe. They sailed south and west, and they traveled east by caravan, to discover new cultures, new people and new lands - most of which were getting along just fine by themselves and were completely unaware that they were in need of 'discovery.'

In a similar vein, this morning begins an outward migration of a population that has happily called Pennsic home for the past week or two. Like those European explorers such as Columbus, Magellan, the Navigator formerly known as Prince Henry, De Soto, Mitsubishi, and Carl Sagan, as we all begin to break camp, we look to the road ahead with anticipation and uncertainty. Who knows what the coming year will bring?

The last day of Pennsic is always a bittersweet moment for me. I love all of my friends here (new and old) very much, but there are many friends at home, in Caid and in Calafia, who I've been missing for the past two weeks. Like an explorer turning for home, I look forward to bringing a little bit of this year's war back to my 'everyday' life with me - the only difference being that I'm returning home carrying T-shirts and new basket hilts, rather than gold, spices and tobacco.

The bubble of our magic Pennsic world cannot last forever. The battles are now fought, the shopping is shopped and the parties are all reveled out. We are too long, too far from home, and it is time to let the winds carry us away from Pennsic for another year. Fortunately smiles, laughter and friendship are the resources we take away from this land, and those cargoes can sustain us for the coming year, until it's time to begin another year of Pennsic history.


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Women work the wires at AEthelmearc tourney

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

The Kingdom of AEthelmearc welcomed 20 ladies from around the known world to its second Ladies' Rapier Tournament on Friday, and everyone took away a prize thanks to the "treasure chest" format where each entrant provided a gift for the marshal's table.

After running through four pools of five fighters each, the top finisher from each pool - Warder Brighid MacCumhal of the Middle Kingdom, Lady Arnaz from Trimaris, Tamara of the Light from Ealdormere and Carol Roche from the East - fought a single-elimination bracket to determine the overall winner.

In the finals, Lady Arnaz planted a thrust onto the mask of Warder Brighid to emerge victorious and take, among other prizes, a scroll made by Do–a Sasha Grey of AEthelmearc, one of the organizers of the event, and a gift certificate to Gipsy Peddler. Warder Brighid was offered a bottle of Scotch to help her console herself, and she also took home a tablet-woven belt.

Lady Arnaz said she hopes to bring the same enthusiasm for fencing to the ladies in her home kingdom.

"I'm trying to get the ladies in our kingdom to fight, and hope we can do this at Gulf Wars," she announced.

Warder Brighid noted that she skipped the heavy weapons battle to fight in the ladies' tourney, and also would like to see the Midrealm reach the point one day where the East Kingdom is now, with close to half of its rapier champions being women. Warder Brighid was the sole lady on the Midrealm's team.

Tamara of the Light, an Ealdormearean fencer, said she was extremely pleased to have made the final four.

"This is my first tournament I've actually placed in," said Tamara, who's been fighting for about three years. "It was fun. It was nice to fight gentle ladies who take their shots. [There was] a nice skill level and no thuggery."

Lady Illadore de Bedegrayne, the other organizer of the tournament, said she was very pleased to have exceeded last year's turnout of 14 participants.

"We started this because we thought it would be fun," said Lady Illadore.

"In the past couple of years at Pennsic we've seen lots more women fencing," added Do–a Sasha.

The activity is still growing, and Lady Illadore noted that in their kingdom about 30 percent of all rapier fighters are women. They hoped that through tourneys like this one and another held at Estrella War for the past 10 years that more ladies will be encouraged to try out rapier fighting.

"I would have to say the rapier community is very accepting of everyone and we are delighted to have as many strong women on the field," said Lady Illadore.

PI Web Edition -- Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Pennsic Historically Part 2--The Flowery Day of Urban Renewal

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

How is the week of Pennsic War like the history of the Middle Ages? There are many similarities that I'll explore throughout the week on the pages of this paper in a real and sincere effort to prevent myself from having to go out into the hot sun and actually doing some real journalism work.

The second day of Pennsic mirrors the era of urban renewal that took place in the 9th and 10th centuries. In the Early Middle Ages, the primary method for finding a place to live was pretty much, "kill your neighbor, take his house." But by the turn of the first millennium, people were tired of living in buildings made primarily of mud, straw and dead sheep. They realized there were all these Roman buildings lying around made of perfectly good rocks and bricks that no one seemed to be using. Suddenly a huge array of cathedrals, monasteries and palaces were springing up from Bruges to Provence, thus transforming Europe from the "trailer park of world history" into a beautiful, architecturally rich region where every petty, tin-pot feudal overlord had a castle of his own.

By the second day of Pennsic, a similar transformation has taken place throughout the campground. All of the campsites with their walls, buildings, roads and decorations have sprung up seemingly overnight. Regular Pennsic attendees may be somewhat blasŽ about this, but speaking as one of those visitors from "out west," I must say that Pennsic's urban development phase is nothing short of phenomenal. Our wars are essentially two-day events where "lay on" is called about 15 minutes after the site opens, and dumping waste water on the ground is an offense punishable by five years in a federal penitentiary.
So, for us, being able build and dig and actually alter the landscape is a unique luxury. (If you want to see something really funny, stop by the Caidan camp when someone is digging a drainage pit for a shower - every time the shovel goes into the ground, everyone reflexively looks around to see if a park ranger is watching.) In fact, for me, this aspect of Pennsic is almost more intriguing than the fighting - which may explain why, last year, when the armies were marching out to battle, Countess Albra walked through the camp and was surprised to find me in full armor, watering flowers in front of my pavilion. Albra watched me clanking around with my watering can for a while, then she said, "Well, I think that's one of the more surreal things I've ever seen."
Hey, in my world, there are a lot of opportunities to fight, but cultivating a flower garden in front of your camp isn't an everyday occurrence.

As the Middle Ages got into full swing, the people of Europe took new pride in making their land beautiful and habitable; much the same thing happens on the second day of Pennsic. Today is a good reminder that we should never let the sweep of history make us forget to stop and enjoy the flowers.

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Release the Hounds!

By Peregrine Fairchylde


Pennsic Independent Staff Writer

About a dozen dogs, including fleet greyhounds, petite Italian greyhounds and a pair of massive Irish wolfhounds, delighted a large crowd of spectators on the battlefield Saturday during a demonstration of coursing.

Lady Katla Ulfhedinn, the AEthelmearc Hound Mistress and one of the demo's organizers, who has been coursing for some five years, said the intent of the demonstration was to help familiarize more people with the period activity and help encourage coursing at other events.

But as for turning Pennsic into a place where gentles bring their hounds with them for the war, Lady Katla said that wasn't the goal.

"Honestly, no. I think there's too much health risk for the people and the hounds, as well," she explained. "I think what the Coopers are doing for us is fantastic, letting the dogs out here for a day and letting people see them."

While most kingdoms have coursing to some degree and many have kingdom officers over the activity, the opportunity for royalty from around the Known World to see it at Pennsic may help spread it further, he added.

"This gives their kings and queens a chance to come down and see what we're doing," said THL Corin the Huntsman, master of the recently chartered Hunt Guild of the Midrealm.
Indeed, several of the Known World's queens processed to the demo, escorted by the hounds and their handlers, and were the first to release hounds to chase the lure - in this case, a couple of plastic grocery bags tied to a line that was propelled around a series of turns and straightaways by a motorized winch.

Each greyhound and Italian ran the course in their own fashion, some tracking the lures closely, others swinging wide in the corners, and some even cutting across the route to head off their targets.

THL Corin said the light bulb-shaped course was designed for "couch potato" dogs like most of those present. Hounds that are in top shape would be given a more vigorous challenge, with many cuts and turns along the course.

Standing out from the sleek and streamlined greyhounds were the pair of Irish wolfhounds brought by Dr. Kimberly Berry, a veterinarian from Butler, and Tommasa de la Heil of AEthelmearc, one of her vet techs who introduced her recently to the SCA. Dr. Berry had already been coursing with her dogs.

"They do agility, obedience, coursing," she said of 6-year-old Erin and 2-year-old Dublin, a mother-son pair.

Once all the greyhounds had been run, the course was lengthened for the wolfhounds. With their curly, blonde fur and long legs, they put on a very different display from the greyhounds - long, loping strides with a rolling gait that, while less smooth than the greyhounds, nonetheless gobbled up huge distances. And while 135-pound Dublin didn't corner well, his more experienced dam neatly kept pace with the bags, eagerly grabbing up one as she came to the finish of the course.

Her Majesty of Drachenwald, Queen Eufemia, was among the royals to take part and said that she hopes to make coursing part of her life.

"I think it's marvelous because, being an Italian persona, I've been looking at Italian hunting scenes, and they all have Italian greyhounds," said Her Majesty, who had already been planing to acquire a dog. "I'm very excited to find the perfect accessory to my Italian hunting garb."

Lady Katla emphasized that most any dog, even if not a sighthound like a greyhound, can be trained for coursing, and THL Corin said an easy way to see if a dog was interested was to tie a plastic grocery bag to a line on a fishing pole and swing it around in circles. Gentles interested in pursuing coursing in the SCA should contact their kingdom hound master, he advised.

State Police Investigating Reported Assault on Woman

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer Pennsic Independent

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a report of an assault on a woman at Pennsic from last Wednesday.

Viscount Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy, Commissioner of Public Safety and Captain of the Watch, said Friday that the incident was reported directly to the State Police and not the Pennsic Watch, and that his department will provide whatever cooperation law enforcement authorities request of them - which, for the time being, is to let the police handle everything.

"They asked us to get the hell out of the way and give them an air conditioned room in which to talk to the alleged victim, which we did," said Viscount Edward.

State Police officers did "go and look at some areas" while they were here, His Excellency said, but added that, since he was not party to any part of the interview or the investigation, he didn't have any more information about the alleged incident.
Calling local law enforcement authorities is the proper procedure for the populace to take in cases of violations of law, said His Excellency.

"They are encouraged [to call the police], if they feel a crime was committed against them, and we will cooperate in any way the public officials wish us to do."

PI Web Edition -- Thursday, August 18, 2005

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East dominates Middle in Thrown Weapons Champions

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent
In the sixth year of the non-war point Thrown Weapons Champions tourney, the East Kingdom and its allies brought the overall tally to three victories apiece by defeating the Midrealm and its allies on Wednesday.

Throwing at six targets with weapons provided by the thrown weapons staff - a twist that caught many of the participants by surprise - the two teams of 20 tested their skills with knife, axe and spear. At the end, the East Kingdom team scored 92 points to the Midrealm's 67, with Ld. Mikkel the Builder of the Barony of Dragonship Haven in the East being high points scorer with 14.

"[Thrown weapons] is the first thing I started in the SCA, so that's been six, five years," said Lord Mikkel, who is 19 and was the youngest thrown weapons champion in his barony.

He said he wasn't put off by the fact he couldn't use his own equipment, since he's won other tourneys with provided weapons.

"I'm used to throwing weird stuff," he laughed.

If not weird, "unusual" was probably the word for the tourney, with a mix of short spears, short and standard axes and knives provided, and targets featuring playing cards, a turkey, a fox, a groundhog and bales of hay with painted strike zones. The participants took it all in a good-natured stride, frequently ribbing and heckling their opponents - and their teammates - as each threw in turn. There was also lots of cheering from both sides for successful hits by anyone.

Lady Elayne Thorne, the head of thrown weapons, said that efforts have been underway for several years to try and establish a war point for the champions' throw.

"We're working on it," she said. "We want to see it become one - there's been six [champions' throws] and it's tied right now."

Earlier in the week, there was an open Known World Thrown Weapons competition, with 34 hurlers taking part. The winner with the knife was Alvcard from the Midrealm; axe was Dennis from ®thelmearc; spear was Owen from the Midrealm; and the overall winner was Ludwig from the East Kingdom.

It's never too late...

By: Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Editor-in-Chief, Pennsic Independent

Lost something at Pennsic? A recent find in the woods proves it's never too late to check in with Lost and Found.

A pouch containing a variety of ID was found near the entrance to the woods battle area on Wednesday, and turned in to Lost and Found. That was not unusual. What is unusual is that this pouch dates back approximately 12 years. From the ID and other cards in the wallet in the pouch, the best guess is that it was lost in 1993 (Pennsic XXII). The contents clearly identify the owner of the pouch as Amy C. Roberts, known in the Society as Adrianna Miranda Vukovna (according to her SCA membership card and Meridies authorization card). She was a member of the US Air Force, probably based in Florida. Viscount Edward, head of Public Safety, was able to determine that she is not on site under either of those names. If she is onsite under a new name, or if someone knows her, Lost and Found has her ID, pouch, and hair scrunchy-slightly worse for wear, but recovered after many years.

Thanks to Master Vorlin for alerting us to this interesting find.

Life Is A Carnival: Atlantia Hosts 8th Annual Known World Children's Fete

By THL Asa Gormsdottir

"Yes, Virginia, there really is a Children's Pennsic..." Eagerly awaited by kids and parents alike, the 8th Annual Known World Children's Fete was held yesterday in the Barn from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Hosted by the Kingdom of Atlantia, the Fete was open to children 4-12 years old, with teenage helpers especially welcome.

Excited children lined up four lines deep with their parents in front of the Barn to have their medallion numbers registered and waivers signed before they were released into the maze of activities. Offering a dizzying array of well-stocked booths, refreshments and enthusiastic volunteers, the Fete was a kids' paradise.

There were activities to suit every age and temperament, all with a period theme. Physical games included 2-person tug-of-war (while balanced on little wooden footrests), beanbag and horseshoe tosses, and boffer fighting with aquanoodle swords. Young Jared, son of the Prince and Princess of Ealdormere, was observed vigorously clearing the adult opponents from the boffer field with a few well-chosen strokes!

A booth on the center dais offered face and body painting - and not pedestrian designs either, as proven by the two little warriors who walked past comparing the beautiful Celtic snakes coiling around their arms.

More quiet pursuits included Viking necklace construction, paper pinwheels, origami without the tantrums, and crepe paper rosettes for their own Lady of the Rose (aka Mom). There were giant games of Draughts (checkers) with outsize game pieces, and storytelling.

Others painted beautiful knotwork design bookmarks with little individual paint sets, painted "stained glass" pictures, or constructed Pennsic books/journals to take home, watched over by ridiculous squid-like balloon animals.

Especially appreciated were the Fletcher Puppeteers, whose topical tales and enthusiastic puppet action were hugely enjoyed. Here's one of their stories, "The Lion and the Mouse":

A Mouse met a Lion in the woods and asked to be his friend. The Lion (a King) roared, "Be my friend?! You're too small to be my lunch!" and the Mouse scurried off. Suddenly, the Tuchux appeared and captured the King with a net! The King called for his Champion (he was having a nap), his Knights (mending their armor), and his Retainers (out getting ice cream). No one came. Then, the Mouse came back. Snarling viciously, he tore the net away and beat off the Tuchux. The grateful King gave the Mouse an AOA. The moral: "Never too small to help".

The Fletcher Puppeteers are Remus Fletcher and his son Orion, of the Debatable Lands, AEthelmearc. Between acts, 12-year-old Orion explained, "I like stories that teach us lessons, funny stories." Pennsic XXXIV marks Orion's 7th year in puppetry!

Remarkably, despite the high traffic (over 200 children in attendance mid-afternoon), there was limited litter and no tear-stained faces. Everyone was clearly having a good time.

Duchesses Arielle the Golden and Ysabelle Grimault presided over the festivities. Duchess Arielle took a few moments to express her thanks to all the volunteers, particularly Lady Medb ingen Brian, Atlantia's Minister of Children, who was a great help in putting the Fete together, and the Barony of Sacred Stone who sponsored the refreshments. Congratulations on delivering such a successful event!

During the rest of the week, children can participate in various activities at Children's Point. Today, there is a Children's Theatre Performance at the Pavilion at 1 pm. Also, kids who missed a chance to learn about and draw a stained glass picture should come to Children's Point today at 1 pm. On Friday, Children's Point activities include Castles (10-12 pm), Intro to Cross Stitch (1-2 pm), and Stories and Puppet Show (2-3 pm). Dame Nicholaa Halden is this year's Youth Activities Coordinator and warmly welcomes all parents and children looking for a sheltered spot to learn and enjoy new activities. Water and baby wipes are provided to help keep little ones hydrated and clean. Donations are always welcome.

Activities geared to teenagers include the Teen Bardic Performance on Friday, August 19 at 2:00 pm, AEthelmearc Royal encampment, and the East Kingdom Teen Party III, also on Friday, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm at the East Kingdom Royal Encampment. Teens from 13 to 17 are welcome to join for food, music, games and fun with your friends!

Pennsic Historically Part 6: The Golden Day of Chivalry

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

There's a story I heard about last year's Pennsic that may or may not be true, but it bears repeating anyway. There was a knight, so the story goes, who was in the thick of the fighting during the last day's battle. As the combat neared it's close, the knight found himself hard pressed on every side, stabbing furiously with his pike. Enemies went down by the dozens, and at last one of the opposing fighters got close enough to strike this knight. Finally defeated, the knight hurled his weapon at the fighter who'd killed him and said, "My lord, I am inspired by your valor! Please take my lance in commemoration of this moment of skill and honor."

Then one of the nearby fighters said, "Sir knight, that was one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen!"
And the knight replied quietly, "Well, I'm flying home, and I can't take the spear with me, so I had to get rid of it. Why not make someone's day in the process?"

By the twilight of the Middle Ages, the knights of Europe, desperately seeking to establish their credentials as divine rulers in the face of a merchant class that was rapidly gaining the ability to buy and sell noble titles like PokŽmon cards, began to look back to a "golden age of chivalry" that might never have really existed. For some, this refurbished version of the knightly code was a license to commit all sorts of atrocities; for others it was an inspiration for truly great and worthy accomplishments.

As we reach the final days of the Pennsic War, we find ourselves in much the same position: Our version of the Middle Ages may be better in re-creation than it was in its original inception. We all admire tales of honor and glory from days past (whether they're real or not). Yet it's what happens when the costumes come off and the pavilions come down that really defines the success of our efforts at Pennsic.

For a week we get the privilege of living in a world where the conflicts are imaginary, where courtesy is applauded and where honor can be measured in coronets and award medallions. If only the real world was so simple - outside the gate of Pennsic is a place where real people may be called upon to put their reputations, fortunes and lives on the line to defend what's right with the firm knowledge that they may never rewarded or even recognized for what they do.

To paraphrase the author C.S. Lewis, what we do here at Pennsic -the make-believe battles and the leisure-time activities -does not require real chivalry, but we may practice real chivalry here if we choose to. We can judge how effective that practice is only by assessing how much of our chivalry remains when the Pennsic-party is over and we all go back to the real world of conflict, strife, grief and complacency.

As the people of Europe turned outward to explore the globe at the end of the Middle Ages, the ideals of chivalry provided a moral compass that they could use to navigate the rough waters ahead. May the golden days of Pennsic do the same for us as we prepare to launch our own voyages of exploration into that world beyond the gates of Cooper's Lake.

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PI Web Edition -- Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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DonalBane's Battlefield Numbers

Midrealm 6

East Kingdom 0

Dragon flames Tyger in Archery Champions

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

The top archers of the Middle Kingdom and its allies found their marks more often and defeated their counterparts from the East Kingdom and its allies to take the Archery Champions War Point on Monday by a score of 708 to 585.

The two teams of 30 archers vied against one another in three formats: The walk-up shoot, the friend and foe shoot, and a woods walk. The Midrealm archers won all three events.

The friend and foe was the most straightforward of the shoots. Archers were faced with a target depicting two warriors: One on his knees with his back to the archers was an ally, one standing beyond the ally and facing the archers was an enemy. The object of the timed shoot was to put as many arrows into the enemy as possible while not shooting the ally. The Midrealm side tallied 84 points while the Eastern side tallied 45.

Once beyond that shoot, however, things took a fanciful turn, with all the shoots having a fairy tale theme.
The targets in the walk-up shoot were Puss-In-Boots and the Seven Dwarves, arrayed in a group a great distance from the firing line - a distance that was unknown to the archers when they started. At that furthest line, some archers could only see the tops of the targets. After each team member shot two arrows, they then moved up to another line an unspecified distance closer. There were six such lines, each progressively closer, ranging from about 120 to about 35 yards from the targets. The Middle Kingdom and allied archers scored 267 points to the East and allies, 244.

The teams then split up into groups of three, with an East and a Middle trio paired together for the 10 stations of the woods walk. The targets, also all at unspecified distances, included such themes as protecting the Three Little Pigs from the Big, Bad Wolf; shooting the poisoned apple from the Wicked Witch's hand; and taking out the troll so the Billy Goats Gruff could cross the bridge. The woods walk had the additional challenge of dappled light and shade, as well as many targets being partially or totally obscured by vegetation, in come cases requiring archers to fire between close trunks of trees to strike the target. Once all the archers had shot all 10 stations, the Middle Kingdom again prevailed, 357 to 296.

The archery range was closed to the populace all day on Monday for the shoot but will be open again for practice from 9-11 a.m. today, and populace War Point shooting will commence at 11 a.m. for the rest of the day.

Gentles wishing to shoot but wanting to avoid an unnecessary trip up Mount Eislinn should look for the range flag - with a yellow square at the hoist and a red pennon on the fly - which is raised when the range is open and down when it is closed.

French Fortress Falls to Fiercely Fighting Fencers

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

For the fifth year in a row, the fortress of La Rochelle fell on the Pennsic battlefield.

In a re-staging of the late period attack on the French city, almost 200 rapier fighters from around the Known World converged on the fort to take turns seeing how long they could hold off the inevitable. With the attackers having unlimited resurrections and the defenders limited to only two, it came down to a matter of how long the defenders could hold out. In the first battle, the defenders managed to stay alive for about half an hour, but when the two sides switched the overtaking tide was more swift, sweeping the defenders aside in about 18 minutes.

Warder Uadahlrich von Sassmannshausen of the Barony of Fenix in the Middle Kingdom, who founded the battle, said the purpose was simply to bring rapier fighters together to have fun and not to try and make it an East vs. Middle contest.

"We try to hodge-podge the teams together," he explained. "If people like to fight together, we try to put them on the same side."

Firearms, in the form of rubber band guns, were allowed in the battle, and many participants held a pistol or rifle along with their sword. The Midrealm's Barony of Cleftlands even brought out a cannon, which shot eight giant rubber bands made of surgical tubing. Lord Miguel D'Servasa, a marshal for the battle who also hails from Cleftlands, explained that the cannon always belongs to the attackers, though it can be moved during the battle and, in the past, has actually wound up inside.

The attackers were also armed with a petard, or bomb, which had to be placed at the gate in order to "blow it open" and allow the invaders to storm the fortification.

In both battles, strategy was fairly similar and straightforward: A group surrounded the person holding the petard and rushed the gate under a hail of gunfire. Once the bomb was set, a 10-second countdown was given and then the gates were opened. The defenders then formed a cup on the inside of the tunnel and did their best to keep the attackers at bay. "Leg them and leave them!" was a common cry among the defenders, who tried to bottle up the gateway so the attackers couldn't advance. On several occasions, the cannon was rolled up to fire through the gate, sending attackers scurrying and defenders stepping hastily backwards.

At the sally port, where only three attackers could fit inside at once, the fighting was just as furious if on a smaller scale. With a dozen defenders arrayed and waiting, little progress was made even when sharpshooters took out one or two of the fighters inside.

Eventually, though, the limited resurrections for defenders took their toll. The main gate fell and attackers rushed in, attempting to come up behind the sally port defenders - only to be frustrated by a hold. Once they were back on their feet, though, it was fairly quick work to clear the side gate. Defenders concentrated themselves in towers as the attackers tried to mop up, and the superior numbers eventually told the tale.

In the second battle, the defenders-turned-attackers used their superior numbers of guns to their advantage early, wearing down the defenders' cup formation inside the gate. In a much shorter time frame, both gates fell and all that was left was the mopping up.

With the two main fights out of the way, Warder Uadahlrich invited all the White Scarves, Brass Rings and other premier rapier award holders to defend the fort against the remaining combatants - with no guns, no resurrections for the defenders, and only one for the attackers. Once the sides were set, the premier fighters decided not to hang around inside the walls - all but a couple burst forth and took the fight to their challengers, while two holed up in a tower to await the search parties who came to clear out the fort. With the odds about four to one in favor of the attackers, the premier fighters met their demise within just a few minutes.

Pennsic Historically

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

There are some amazing similarities between the history of the Middle Ages and the week of Pennsic War. For example, in the 12th century, the knights of Europe embarked on a grand quest to deliver the lands of the Middle East from the ravages of public sanitation, scientific advances and edible cuisine. When they finally reached their destination, they looked around and said to themselves, "Hey, they've got some pretty cool stuff here. Let's take some of it home." And thus began one of the most productive periods of cultural exchange every seen in Western history: Before you knew it, traders and merchants were returning from the east with textiles, spices, books and other luxury goods, hoping that they could get all this stuff imported into Europe before the knights started some huge battle and messed everything up.

Similarly, Pennsic is a place for all of us heavily armed pilgrims to share diverse thoughts, views and practices that we've all brought from our homes. One of the most culturally enlightening moments I ever experienced at Pennsic came several years ago, at the resurrection point of the woods battle. At the time I was lounging around with the massive Army of Caid (eight guys and a banner bearer), doing what we were all used to doing in such a situation: Abusing the hospitality of the water-bearers.

Now, on the sidelines at the wars we have out west, you find lots of lovely, generous water-bearers bringing refreshments to the fighters: water, sports drinks, sometimes even a slice of fruit that hasn't been too desiccated by the desert sun. So, we weren't too surprised when one of the Pennsic water-bearers came by with a tray full of oranges, bananas and strawberries. We were a bit surprised when another came by a few minutes later with a tray loaded with finger sandwiches. Then, we heard a third water-bearer offering hot dogs and popsicles to the waiting fighters. Finally someone came by carrying a platter of - I swear to you I'm not making this up - dim sum and California rolls, and I said to the rest of the Caidans: "We've got to get some of this at our wars."

Pennsic is, of course, a great place to exchange information, ideas and even materiel, which, in turn, we can all use to make our shires, baronies and kingdoms nicer places - and thus, by extension, improving the whole SCA. There is lots of inspiration to be shared here, among the merchants, the artisans and even the fighters. Personally, I'm pretty inspired to go back and see what kind of snacks are being served at the resurrection point this year.

Experience what little culture Guillaume claims he has absorbed in his new book, "Here Comes the Reign, Sir Guillaume!" which features 25 of his best and funniest stories of life in the SCA, sold at Ceridwen's Closet, space #74 in merchants row. You can also marvel at Guillaume's lack of culture by making a visit to his website at www.SirGuillaume.com.

PI Web Edition -- Wednesday, August 17, 2005

This is the web edition for the Pennsic Independent for August 17, 2005

Donalbane's Battlefield Numbers

Middle - 10

East - 1

Midrealm reverses history, Rules the Woods

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Correspondent, Pennsic Independent

After nine War Points: Midrealm Dragons 9, East Tygers 0

A Pennsic original played out under cloudy skies and temperate temperatures Tuesday as the Woods Battle was fought. Through the years, the East has dominated this fight and HRM Kelson and Co. lined up at the southern entrance. Looking to press their advantage after an excellent first day, the Midrealm and its allies lined up at the northern entrance.

At the sound of the cannon, the fighters charged into the fight with vigor. Reports of the front lines indicated that the East initially took two banners, but the Midrealm's superior forces were eventually able to claim all three banners in the first 30 minutes of the fight.

At the hour mark, fighters reported the East had claimed the central banner and, despite being outnumbered, was making pushes on all fronts. Warriors described the fight as "intense," "a meat grinder" and "hard, but fair."

With consorts urging them on, gentles charged up the hills until the moment the cannon sounded. The first banner to emerge from the woods was the East's banner, which was seized by an international coalition of fighters led by Duke Christopher of AEthelmearc. The Midrealm and central banners soon followed in the hands of the HRM Alaric and HRH Edmund of the Midrealm. According to HRH Edmund, fighters from Atlantia and the Midrealm King's Guard seized the Midrealm's banner, while Count Valharic of Atlantia said the Barony of the Debatable Lands led the charge for the central banner.

Assembling his troops with all three banners on a pickup dragon, HRM Alaric and his allies addressed the masses.

"This comes from everyone of you who sucked it up and got back out there until the end. Your royal majesty Malcolm of AEthelmearc, these banners are yours."

"This a singular moment in Midrealm history," HRM Alaric said. "Today is a great day. Having all three of these banners, I can finally say 'I saw a banner in the woods.'"

HRM Alaric, like many others, gave the East credit for putting up a superb fight.

"Meet your adversaries from the East with honor," HRM Alaric instructed his troops. "Their might gave us a tremendous fight this day."

Heroic Champions Battle

Two more War Points were up for grabs in the Heroic Champions Battle, a series of 20 individual bouts between some of the best fighters of the Midrealm, East, and their respective allies. The fights were honorable and fierce, but in the end, the Dragon and her allies won 13 bouts to the East's 7, claiming their second heavy fighting win of the day.

Passage of the Three Seas

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the kingdom's founding, the Kingdom of Trimaris hosted the Passage of the Three Seas at its battlefield pavilion. The Passage has been going on since Saturday, HRH Judith of Trimaris said. HRM Baldar and HRH Gaston both sought to fight 1,500 combats against warriors throughout the Known World in celebration. Trimaris knights also manned a third list in the pavilion at various times during the Passage. Fighters were given the opportunity to face the Trimarans in five or 10-fight batches with one weapons form per day.

HRM Baldar said the Passage had been a success from his perspective.

"I got to fight warriors from every Kingdom in the Known World," HRM Baldar said, noting he was about 100 fights short of his goal by midday on Monday. "Fighters from as far away as Lochac, Drachenwald and some from An Tir have come. We've had a very good turnout this week."

HRM Baldar can claim to be piece of Trimaris history himself, having served as king in the first, 10th, and 20th years of Trimaris' existence.

Ladies of the Rose Tournament

By DonalBane of Blakmers and Master Liam St. Liam

A great multitude of gentles, including virtually all of the reigning Queens of the Known World, turned out Monday for the Ladies of the Rose Tournament. A total of 57 unbelted heavy fighters took part in the tournament, fighting for the favor of individual queens, princesses, duchesses or countesses. Many great bouts were fought and Lord Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus of the East emerged as the winner. He was sponsored by Duchess Katherine Stanhope.

Lord Edward defeated Lord Aaron Rebellinus of Atlantia in a long and chivalrous final. Lord Aaron was sponsored by Duchess Luned of Snowden.

The other semifinalists were Lord Kilian von Fendrich of the Middle, who was sponsored by Countessa Tamara di Firenza, and Lord Henry West of Atlantia. He was fighting for Duchess Kynneburh Boithule.

The tournament was organized by Countess Svava Thorgeirrsdottir and Duchessa Isabella of York, both of the East.

Wednesday's Big Battle: The Mountain Pass Battle

It's back to the main battlefield today as the Mountain Pass battle will begin at 11 p.m. This one-hour, unlimited resurrection fight will be contested for three banners around a "mountain" in the center of the battlefield. A War Point will be given to the kingdom, which possesses each banner at the end of one hour. This battle allows for combat archery and siege weapons throughout.

What to watch for: Stray ballista bolts!! Seriously, combat archery and siege weapons will be used and arrows don't care who they hit once launched. As such, the marshals will likely ask the watching populace to stay a good distance behind the hay bales. On the field, unlimited resurrection battles tend to lead to sporadic fights, but when they get going, they are a sight to behold.

Pennsic Historically Part 5: A Renaissance of Pennsic Proportions

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique

Being at Pennsic is a lot like living through the whole chronology of the Middle Ages, condensed into a week's time. We migrate and settle during the "Dark Ages" of land grab, then we establish boundaries and open channels of trade, and by Wednesday we are ready to begin what might be referred to as "the Pennsic Renaissance."

During the 14th and 15th centuries, European culture experienced a period of reinvigoration as Flemish traders, funded by Italian bankers, hired Spanish navigators to satisfy the commercial tastes of French aristocrats. Adding to this was a rediscovery of the art and culture of the Classical world, which sparked a new trend in aesthetic sensibilities as crowned heads throughout Europe cheerfully celebrated advances in architecture, music, fashion and cuisine through obscene displays of wealth, prestige and authority.

At Pennsic, the Renaissance comes not in a rediscovery of lost knowledge and artistry, but in the realization of just how many talented people there are in the SCA. This phase of the war develops slowly over the course of several days, beginning with the A&S display on Monday. With so many talented artisans showing the results of their work and research, those of us mortals who thought we had a handle on this whole re-creation thing suddenly begin to feel like chimpanzees throwing mud at a ceiling and calling it the Sistine Chapel. The armor, garb and accessories that we thought were acceptable just a few days ago now seem plain and amateurish; we all begin to scheme and plan on ways to upgrade our SCA equipment.

Luckily we can begin that process immediately by flocking to the numerous arts and sciences classes that are offered during the course of the war, and which seem to be filling up rapidly by the middle of the week. At last year's Pennsic, although my main goal in coming to the war was basically to have the chance to hit all of my friends in the head with a stick, by Wednesday I was voluntarily bypassing battles and tournaments in order to take classes on 14th century head wear, turn shoe making, Shakespearian acting and the history of Bogomilist dogma in the development of Western spiritual thought. Soon I was wondering how I'd survived so long in the SCA wearing nothing but T-tunics and hiking boots, and I vowed that when I returned back home I'd refurbish my entire harness to a museum-quality replica of knightly splendor.

Of course, as always, I've fallen a bit short of that goal in the ensuing year (please don't look too closely at the shoes I'm wearing - I discovered that the reason they call them 'turn' shoes is that making them 'turns' out to be a lot harder than it looks). But still, sometimes the inspiration is just as important as the execution. All it takes is a new idea, a bit of enthusiasm and a colorful imagination to begin a Renaissance, and all of those things are in plentiful supply at Pennsic.

Experience what little culture Guillaume claims he has absorbed in his new book, "Here Comes the Reign, Sir Guillaume!" which features 25 of his best and funniest stories of life in the SCA, sold at Ceridwen's Closet, space #74 in merchants row. You can also marvel at Guillaume's lack of culture by making a visit to his website at www.SirGuillaume.com.

Quick, ugly and over: Midrealm takes Rapier Broken Field Battle

By Peregrine Fairchylde

Staff Writer, Pennsic Independent

That didn't take long.

With the East Kingdom and allies outnumbered three, four, even six to one - depending upon whose estimates you accepted - the outcome of the Rapier Broken Field Battle was virtually preordained, and the Middle Kingdom's army and allies easily took the first two battles and the war point on Tuesday.

While the best two of three scenario was scheduled to take 20 minutes per battle, neither of the two scenarios lasted 10 minutes as the Midrealm's forces were able to quickly surround and then crush the Eastern army.

In the first battle, the East decided to attempt to defend only a small corner of the field, and managed to hold their lines initially as the Middle army faced them four deep along both fronts, more in places. A hold barely a minute into the fight only delayed matters shortly, and once the battle resumed the Eastern side began to suffer attrition at an alarming rate. Pressed by Northshield on their eastern line and Atlantia on their northern flank, the defenders were soon overwhelmed and the Middle took the battle.

The Eastern commanders tried to at least delay the inevitable in the second battle, sending small groups racing out to draw off or possibly flank the advancing Midrealmers. But again, there was little doubt of the end result.

"It was more fun, even if we didn't live longer," said a grinning Baron Fergus MacRae of the East, who led one of the small squadrons. "If you know you're going to die, go out fast, get killed fast, get out of your mask and get some water."

A third battle was fought with some units from the Midrealm crossing over to assist the East, but with similar results. However, the finale of that clash was a dramatic pair of duels between Don Robert McPharland of Ansteorra, fighting for the East Kingdom, and first King Malcolm of AEthelmearc then Duke Palymar.

With dozens of surviving Midrealm fighters surrounding them on the field, and dozens of deceased Easterners on the sidelines, Don Robert and King Malcolm faced off with single swords. After a series of quick lunges between the two combatants, Don Robert took His Majesty's sword arm. King Malcolm then fought left-handed and held off the white scarf for a time, but soon Don Robert had taken His Majesty's remaining arm, and King Malcolm conceded. Don Robert won a rousing round of applause from the onlookers for his skill.

Duke Palymar then stepped forward, also fighting single-sword, and the two faced off quickly amidst the eager armies. Their skills proved evenly matched that day as, mere moments into the duel, each struck a killing blow upon the other and they fell to the ground amidst loud cheers.

After the conclusion of the battle, King Malcolm addressed the Eastern forces on their sideline.

"Many are the days I have taken the field when a landslide was about to fall on me," he declared to the kneeling fighters. "I salute every man and woman who did so today. You brought courage, you brought honor, you brought guts. I thank you all!"

His praise was seconded by Her Majesty Noelle, Queen of the Midrealm, who saluted the Eastern army for their efforts.

Master Alexander d'Avigne of Ostgardr, who had directed the Eastern efforts, also had praise for his troops after the fighting was done.

"We stood against an army that dwarfed us," he told them. You did well, you fought well, but sometimes the bear eats you!"

PI on the Move Again!

Due to expansion of the Pennsic Food Court, The Pennsic Independent is once again on the move.

Our new home is on the Great Middle Highway, at the top of Rune Stone Hill, next to the Middle Eastern Dance Tent. (Across from Rune Stone Park and the Middle Kingdom Encampment.) Please watch for The Pennsic Independent sign and banner with the black eagle.

As with any move, this poses a challenge to those who want to find us. We hope our friends will help us spread the word by posting this message to various mailing lists. Those already covered are the Middle Bridge, SCA-West, and Servicenet.

Of course, you can still get your paper from the fine merchants who carry it, as well as from our wonderful Urchins.

Since we are now at the tip-top of the hill, we also invite anyone who would like to stop by and get a drink of water after making the trip up the hill. Please stop by, rest your feet, and share your stories.

Finally, would the group or groups who use the Amphitheater please contact us? We will be close neighbors and want to know how we can best accommodate each other.

We look forward to another wonderful year at Pennsic! Subscribe now to avoid last minute rushes!

Pennsic Fools Parade 2005!

Come all fools! All jesters! All silly people at heart!

Come join your fellow foolish friends and parade through the streets of
Pennsic on Tuesday, August 16th, in a celebration of your joyous spirit!
Every Pennsic camper is welcome! No rehearsed performance is required, and
you need fulfill no pre-requisites for your performance, costume, or props -
only that you walk along in a responsible and safe manner.

Visit http://home.indy.net/~orange/foolsparade2005.htm for details!

There is a required safety briefing directly before the parade. If you miss
the safety brief, you *must* personally speak to the Fool in Charge, Sophia
the Orange, before you join the parade.

We muster at 5:30 at the Barn - after all the cool performing classes for
the day have finished and before all the cool performances in the evening
begin!

If you would like to arrange for an "invasion" of or a polite visit to your
encampment from the Fools' Parade, and your encampment is close to the
merchants' area, please email me!

Please fwd this email and/or the URL above as far and wide as possible!
Please help me reach the non-middle kingdom lists! Every Pennsic attendee
is encouraged to come participate!

Fool in Charge,
Sophia the Orange
http://home.indy.net/~orange/index.htm

Pennsic Independent staffer honored

We are pleased to announce that Pennsic Independent typesetter Lady Beatrice de Winter was honored by TRMs Rurik and Angelik of Æthelmearc at the 29th Annual Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael on March 19th, A.S. XXXIX and made a member of the Order of the Keystone, primarily for her work as the chronicler of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael and publisher of the newsletter The Ice Dragon. She currently serves as Rhydderich Hael Baronial Mistress of the Lists.

Vivat to our own Lady Beatrice!

Quest for a Cure for Children's Leukemia at Pennsic

By Lord Gilbert le braceeur de Dijon

Greetings to all Noble Gentles and Comrades in Arms.

Following the example of Sir Dilan Mac AnTsaier and his Quest for the Pink Ribbon Deed of Arms do I, Lord Gilebert le braceeur de Dijon, present to you a week-long Deed of Arms benefiting those who cannot defend themselves.

I speak of some of the most courageous and strongest people. The people we all must protect, whether healthy or ill. I speak of our children, the future of us all. Most of our youth are healthy and strong, but there are those that are afflicted with a dread disease. This disease has no real cure, though it will go into remission with proper treatment. However, that treatment is long, costly and painful, and causes much suffering and hardship to the children and their families.

In the spirit of Sir Dilan's Quest, I have decided to undertake a Deed of Arms in an effort to raise a donation for the cause of fighting children's leukemia. To meet this effort, I will be taking the field each day during war week at Pennsic War XXXIV and will stand ready to meet all those who are willing.

I have been granted the White Tourney Field between the hours of 4pm and 5pm during War Week (Sunday, Aug 14 – Friday, Aug 19).

I will be donating $0.25 per bout (best of 3) that I fight. Donations from my fellow combatants are welcome and each person will receive a receipt for their donation. Donations may be a genreal donation, for a set number of bouts or for as many as I may perform.

Please contact me at gileberts_quest@yahoo.com.

An accounting of the Deed will be kept and a record of the donations so that a tally may be made when finished.

Construction Warnings for Routes Near Pennsic

One thing I've discovered from traveling to Cooper’s Lake this year, and from other folks arriving over the past couple of days is that there is construction along almost every route. Be prepared for delays. Keep your gas tank full. Be patient. We'll wait for you.
There is a zone of construction along 422 eastbound between New Castle and Cooper’s Lake. This is roughly the same area as last year’s torn up road, and the marked lanes are narrow with workers just inside the baracades. Be extra cautious in this area.
Johnson Sisters Cafe offers a nice new surprise along this route. This small cafe has taken up residence where the old B&B Bar and Grill used to be. The cooking is home fare with some exceptional home baked goods. They have home made cinnamon rolls and apple dumplings the size of your head! It is worth checking out for a stopover before moving in. Of course, Eppingers is still just a few minutes away on SR 19 South, as well.
Happy travels and we'll see you when you get here!

Pennsic 35 (2006)

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EMS company given charge of Chirurgeon’s Point

By Peregrine Fairchylde

As of early Saturday morning, Pennsic 35 Mayor Baroness Mistress Brise Sanguin has placed Chirurgeon’s Point under the management of NorthWest EMS service of McKees Rock, Penn. First aid services are still available to all War participants free of charge, 24 hours a day, just “under new management,” according to the War’s media liaison, Master Corun MacAnndra.

The exact reason that theWar Chirurgeon and the chirurgeonate staff is no longer running the Point remained undisclosed Saturday afternoon. Responding to written questions submitted through Master Corun, Pennsic 35 Mayor Baroness Mistress Brise Sanguin on Saturday declined to elaborate at that time as to why the changes were made at Chirurgeon’s Point, but did say that no particular SCA policy or procedure was violated to precipitate the action, and that all proper policies and procedures were followed.

Richard Lenhart of NorthWest EMS, a paramedic with six years of experience, said late Saturday morning that the Point will essentially be run the same way it has been: Gentles simply walk in and tell the medical staff what’s wrong.

“We typically have three medics and at least two EMTs (emergency medical technicians)” on duty at all times, said Lenhart. “There will be up to two or three physicians (at the Point) during daylight hours.”

Minor ailments will be dealt with on-site, and patients with serious problems will be taken by ambulance to local hospitals, as has been the practice in the past.

“As far as emergency care, it’s not going to change,” Lenhart said.

One of the primary concerns he said people have brought to the EMS staff was whether NorthWest would have ready access to the confidential medical information that many Pennsic participants have filed with the Point.

“We are not seeing that,” Lenhart assured. “That’s under lock and key and we do not have access.”

If there is a medical need that requires that information, he added, the EMS staff will contact the Pennsic Mayor’s office.
“We can still, in an emergency, get the information from the mayor,” he said.

Lenhart also said that the EMS staff will accept volunteers to assist at the Point, although they will be asked to wear mundane clothes instead of garb.

“We’re already working through thats,” he said. “They will assist us with the minor stuff – basically like it was.”

However, Lenhart said no decision had yet been made about whether apprentice chirurgeons will still be able to continue their training at the War.

“That will have to be something taken up with the Mayor,” he said

Finally, Lenhart said that the EMS staff cannot answer questions about the change, and that those should be directed to the Pennsic Mayor’s staff.

Feat of Arms Planned

SCAtoday.net announces that Don Iago Benitez and THL Alric of the Mists have announced a Feat of Arms on Saturday August 12, 2006 at Pennsic War XXXV.

Read more on SCAtoday.net.

Greetings from the Main Event Stewards for Great Western War X

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that Prado Park has had a major utility failure. Please be assured that this happened a few days ago and is simply the result of old equipment and wiring. There are no indications that there was any tampering or foul play. The repairs required are so extensive that they will dramatically impact our use of the site. This information, coupled with a huge price increase, has forced us to cancel our plans to use Prado Park for GWW 10. We ask that you DO NOT contact the Prado Park Staff. They are frantically trying to make temporary repairs and deal with park guests and residents. They can’t be answering the phone.

What this means for GWW 10: We are left with only seven weeks before the set up weekend of September 30th-Octobar 1st. The Stewards, with the agreement of the Caidan Kingdom Seneschal, have decided that IF we can find another site by September 1st, we MAY be able to proceed with the event for this year. Please be patient while we adjust to this situation.

REFUND POLICY: For the time being we will be holding all pre-registrations until at least September 1st when the final decisions are made about the event. Once we know exactly what will happen we will make announcements regarding our refund process. Please be patient.

Gavin and I are heartbroken to have to make this announcement and we want to assure everyone that we will do everything in our power to find an alternative site. We are asking everyone to PLEASE be patient while we struggle to adjust.

For further announcements, go to http://www.caid-gww.org/

Sir Gavin and Baronesse Cara Michelle

Looking for Volunteers to Help With the Battlefield at Pennsic

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Battlefield at Pennsic. Many hands make for light work, so if you would please come join us with set up and break down it would be much appreciated.

Monday August 7th 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 15 People, 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. 15 People

Tuesday August 8th 10:00 am 10 people Tentative based on how much of the town gets set up on Monday.

Monday August 14th Immediately following the town battle. 30 People to clear the field of hay bales from the town battle.

Tuesday August 15th 6:30 P.M. 20 People More hay moving

Wednesday August 16th Immediately following the Castle Battle 10 people. And 6:30 P.M. 10 people

Thursday August 17th Immediately following the field 20 people. And 3:00 P.M. 20 - 30 people.

Friday August 18th Immediately following the Last Man Battle 30 people to clear field.

Saturday August 19th 10:00 am as many as possible to help clean up the field.

Thank you for your assistance.

In service,
Lucan, Princips East

Mayor: Chirurgeons overstepping certifications reason for change at Point

By Peregrine Fairchylde

The questions were pointed and sometimes angry, and the responses did not always satisfy the crowd, but tempers remained largely in check during an hour-long public meeting held Wednesday afternoon by Pennsic 35 Mayor Baroness Brise Sanguin, OP, outside the First Aid Pavilion, formerly Chirurgeon’s Point.

And in response to the foremost question on the minds of many there– exactly what had transpired to cause the mayor to turn over operation of the Point to NorthWest EMS – though Mayor Brise remained unspecific on the details, citing privacy issues, she did say that some chirurgeons at the War had “exceeded [the] authority” of their mundane first aid certifications, which had given her “grave concerns” and led to the action.

“We had gotten to the point it wasn’t one or two people,” she said. “It was chronic.”

At that point, Viscountess Kaellyn mac Dermott, who was the War Chirurgeon for Pennsic 35 and is now coordinator of first aid volunteers for the War, added: “It’s because I couldn’t police it fast enough to answer their concerns.”

Starting at 1 p.m., Mayor Brise and Viscount Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, the emergency deputy mayor, took more than 30 questions over a little more than an hour from a crowd that started at about three dozen but ultimately swelled to more than 75 gentles, most of whom appeared to be chirurgeons: Red hats, leeches and fleams were abundant. Despite the heat, the crowd stayed almost undiminished until the mayor ended the session shortly after 2 p.m.

Judging by the crowd’s reaction, the most promising answer provided by the mayoral staff was to an inquiry as to whether the reports regarding the incidents that led to Mayor Brise’s decision could be released after having confidential personal information removed from them.

“You’ve brought up a good point,” said Viscount Edward. “Allow her some time to actually give this thought and consult with some folks and consider this possibility.”

Mayor Brise also reported that the personal medical information that had been removed from the Point previously was back in the hands of Viscountess Kaellyn.

After the meeting, Master Caelin on Andrede, OP, of Ansteorra, the Deputy Society Chirurgeon, said the records had been removed and placed in his possession according to procedure laid out in the Society Chirurgeon’s Handbook and no request had been made to him for those records until late Tuesday night, at about 10:50 p.m.

During the public session the question “Why?” was brought up again and again.

“Now that you have put 10,000-plus people at risk, can you please explain the reason so the rumors stop and we all have a clue?” asked Master El of Two Knives.

“I have not put anyone at risk,” responded Mayor Brise. “We have EMS taking care of triage … we are fully staffed, we have doctors, we have paramedics, we have first aid people.”

The other major question that, judging by crowd reaction, was not satisfactorily answered dealt with the question of liability protection for warranted chirurgeons who volunteer as first aid helpers, the U.S. Volunteer Protection Act, and Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan law. While the mayor and her emergency deputy both insisted the protections were in place, some in the crowd contested that position. Viscount Edward asked one questioner to provide a copy of the U.S. Volunteer Protection Act so it could be reviewed and a more satisfactory answer provided.

Mark the Faceitous, a heavy fighter and chirurgeon who identified himself as a mundane family practice physician, said that “we’ve always appreciated having EMS back up the chirurgeons,” but asked the mayor if she was comfortable having non-SCA persons providing first aid, given the unique issues the chirurgeonate is used to dealing with, such as armor extraction.

“We are in a different position than the mundane world,” he said.

“Yes,” Mayor Brise responded to whether she was confident in the ability of NorthWest to handle such situations. “We have SCA individuals involved in this.”

Another gentle asserted that, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the SCA and the Pennsic War were subject to the federal Freedom of Information law, and that minutes of meetings – such as any that led up to the announcement that EMS would run Chirurgeon’s Point – must be made available to the public. Viscount Edward countered that, saying that such minutes “would be under executive session,” and thus exempt from disclosure.

The question of money donated to the Chirurgeonate Fund was raised, and Mayor Brise said that money would carry over to next year’s War to be used to purchase supplies, as was usual practice. This prompted a query as to whether the chirurgeonate would be in charge of the Point again next year, to which the mayor replied, “That’s up to next Pennsic’s mayor,” Baroness Rosamund Beauvisage.

Another gentle asked whether NorthWest EMS was reimbursing Pennsic for supplies they use that had been purchased for the War; she said that anything they used was being replaced. Master Iustinos Tekton, called Justin, a former War Chirurgeon, added that supplies were purchased for the war with money already part of the event’s general revenue, and further that he had no problem with the EMS personnel using the supplies on hand.

Mayor Brise also told the crowd that no additional money was being paid to NorthWest under the contract they have with the War.

A question about whether chirurgeons in training (CITs) would be allowed to work shifts during the war led to some brief confusion. Viscount Edward has replied to the gentle that, “We’ll have to take that up with the senior chirurgeon staff.” But this prompted another question: “Is there a cirurgeon staff?”

“Here is the thing,” His Excellency replied. “Yes, there is no active chirurgeonate on site. That does not mean you’re not warranted chirurgeons. There is not active chirurgeonate activity. Whatever rules and procedures you folks have are still in effect.”

“[But] not as an organized part of the Pennsic staff,” added Mayor Brise.

Toward the end of the meeting, Lord Yehuda ben Maimon, who has worked as a chirurgeon at Pennsic the past 10 years, pointed out that the mere fact so many gentles showed up to the meeting was a good sign.

“The whole reason you’re here in the heat is because you care,” he said. “I think we all came here because we want the answers and unfortunately we can’t have them today.... We all want to make that decision ourselves, but we have to ceded that authority to the mayor.”

Then, turning to Mayor Brise, he entreated, “Please promise there will be more information later.” In response, she said she could only promise to try and get more information out.

After the meeting, Viscountess Kaellyn said she felt that first aid service was going “very, very well” under the new arrangement.

“The EMS and the doctors have been working like demons. I worship every one of them,” she said. “They’ve been doing far more than they were expected to do here.”

But though she has some volunteer first aid helpers, she said she would very much like to have a dozen more to get through the end of the war.

“We can figure out what happened and what could have happened better after Pennsic,” Her Excellency said. “Right now, we need to concentrate on giving first aid to the populace. I understand completely what the chirurgeons feel – I’m one of them. And I don’t feel [ill will] against any of them if they don’t feel they can come back. But I would like to see some of them work out the differences and come in and help us out until the end of the event.”

Deputy Society Chirurgeon Caelin said in an interview after the meeting that he differed with Mayor Brise’s interpretation of the Society Chirurgeon’s Handbook when it came to the authority to remove the chirurgeonate from operating at the War.

“What it [the handbook] says is you can have an event with no chirurgeonate,” he said. “It doesn’t say you can remove the chirurgeonate.”

He cited section III.9, General Policies, which reads in part: “Any Chirurgeon who is available and willing to provide first aid at an event can not be prohibited from doing so by anyone other than the Kingdom Chirurgeon or a duly-delegated administrative superior in the Chirurgeonate (e.g., a Chirurgeon-in-Charge at an interkingdom event).”

“They’re choosing very small segments out of context,” Master Caelin said.

Og on Alcohol

The Last Word

The Last Pennsic

It is amazing to me that every year Pennsic gets bigger. The roads get longer, the hills steeper the temperature is hotter. My tent is heavier and takes me longer to put up. I get tired quicker and nap a lot. Is Pennsic changing? No. I am getting older.

Welcome to being fifty.

We are all getting older, sadly. As the saying goes, you hang around long enough it is bound to happen. Every year I see good friends who for one reason or another will not be back. It would take but a couple of turns of bad luck for any of us to fall by the wayside. I know it is the natural way of things but still I am unhappy about it. We will make new friends but the missing will always hold a place in our hearts.

Lords and Ladies!

Charge your glasses and raise them high!

To our friends…today’s and yesterday’s.

“If we shadows have offended,

Think but this and all is mended,

That you have but slumber’d here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend:

If you pardon, we will mend.

And, as I am an honest Puck,

If I have unearned luck

Now to scrape the serpent’s tongue,

We will make amends ere long;

Else the Puck a liar call;

So, good night unto all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends,

And Robin shall restore amends.”

Thank you, William. See you all next year.

Yours in the DREAM…

Og

PI Publishing Court Reports This Year

One of the additions we at the Pennsic Independent would like to make this year is the inclusion of kingdom court reports. We know this is something that our readers—both at war and on the Internet—would be particularly interested in.

In order to do this, we are going to be requesting help from the kingdoms themselves. We will be in touch with royalty and kingdom heralds to help us get this information. Since courts are in the evening, we will not be able to include the information in the following day's edition, but we will get them into the paper—and on the web—as quickly as possibly.

We will also be asking help from kingdom residents at Pennsic as well. If you are willing to collect and deliver the awards given in your kingdom's court to us by noon the following day, please contact us at The Pennsic Independent (Newspaper on the Merchant Map).

We do have staff members who will be attending their own kingdom courts and reporting on them. These courts include the East Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, Aethelmearc, and Ealdormere. We are actively seeking volunteer court reporters from all other kingdoms.

PI Web Edition - Friday, August 18, 2006

Court Reports

Even before the first formal courts of the war were held, several kingdoms elevated members of their populace or already had sent prople out of peerage vigils.

The first award of the war came during the first week, at Viscount Haakon’s bardic circle when King Malcolm and Queen Tessa ofÆthelmearc made Haakon’s brother, Boris Dragonslayer, a baron of their court.

Earlier this week, prior to the Rapier Town Battle, the Æthelmearc royalty elevated Illadore de Bedegrayne of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, to the Order of the White Scarf.

King Felix and Queen Madeleina of the Midrealm sent three people on Pelican vigil prior to their Thursday court. They are Caelan O’Rogallary of the incipient shire of al Ja’Far, Ciara McRobbie of Northwoods, and Baron Rocco Barbarossa of the Barony of Roaring Wastes.

The Midrealm also has two new members of the Order of Chivalry .

Angus of Darkmoon and Axle Fairhair were placed on vigil on the field just after the Unbelted Champions Battle. Sir Angus was knighted before the Woods Battle and Sir Axle was knighted before the castle battle.

After Monday’s fighting, three Easterners received the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the kingdom Higher Order of Merit for fighting. They were Eloi Albelard of the Barony of the Bridge, Baron Angus Kerr of Conocrdia of the Snows and Dietrich Schwelgengraber.

In addition, King Brion and his queen also sent two members of their kingdom on vigil for Chivalry. They are Christian Knox and Alexander de Hauteville.

At Æthelmearc Court on Tuesday there were two elevations to the peerage and one other gentle was placed on vigil. Valgardr Gunnarson was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

Baron Cedric the Humble, who just last month stepped down as Baron of Thescorre, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

After court had been suspended, HRM Malcolm recalled His Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Baroness Giulietta da Venezia, and placed her on vigil for the Order of the Pelican. She will be elevated at the Festival of Summer’s End in the Canton of Beau Fleuve next month.

Also of note, the late Master Johan von Traubenberg was named the 21st Jewel of Æthelmearc. Æthelmearc Court is remaining open throughout the War.

At Ealdormere Court on Thursday evening, Eleanor Fairchild was elevated to the Order of the Laurel by TRMs Aaron and Rustique. Also, THLady Joanna of Northumberland was made a Baroness of the Court.

Thursday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

Belted Champions Battle

This year’s belted champions battle may have been the most competitive and chivalrous in Pennsic history. Twenty knight champions from the East and Midrealm met each other on the field and the result was a rollicking affair. After a hold was called to allow dead fighters out, five Midrealm fighters and three East fighters remained on the battlefield, though four of the five Midrealm fighters were confined to their knees.

For the next 15 minutes, those fighters left everything on the field, as chants of “East” and “Tyger” clashed with chants of “Midrealm” and “Draco” from a very enthusiastic crowd. In the end, Duke Edmund of Hertford was the last fighter from the Midrealm. HRH Lucan on the East dispatched him.

Both of Their Majesties had high praise for the champions.

“This is what champions should be,” HRM Felix said. “This was a fight fully of chivalry and honor.”

“In all my years at Pennsic, I have seen a fight like this,” HRM Brion said. “I know not if we will see a fight like this again.”

Plate and Mail Tournament

The Historic Combat Series continued Thursday with the Plate and Mail Tournament. Fighters were assigned a number of counted blows depending on how much plate armor they carried. Victory was achieved by striking that number of good blows or thrusting into a vulnerable point.

Seven fighters participated in the tournament and Viscount Geoffrey Scott of the West went a perfect 6-0 in the round robin tournament to claim the title.

Calontir Greatsword Tournament

HRM Semjaka of Calontir hosted his kingdom’s Greatsword Tournament Tuesday afternoon. A total of 23 fighters came out to battle in this double elimination tournament with two-handed swords.

In the end, Sir Brusi Anderson of the Shetlands, a Lochac knight, defeated Calontir’s Duke Irel Krisk of Starre Inn two bouts to one in the final. HRM Semjaka then offered a 14th century greatsword to Sir Brusi as token of his victory, but Sir Brusi requested it be held by His Majesty and named a token for every future champion.

Known World Squires Tournament

The Kingdom of Atlantia hosted the fifth annual Known World Squires Tournament and 91 squires from throughout the Known World came to the list. The list was fought as a double elimination Atlantian speed tournament.

This tournament has been dominated in recent years from squires of House Ebonwoulf in Atlantia and one their household made the finals again. However, Russell Gilnel Tabere needed two win two bouts against Kane Severus of An Tir to take the title, as Lord Tabere came from the loser’s list. Tabere won the first bout, but Severus won the second to claim the title.

Tyger forces roar over field

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

After 11 War Points: East Tygers 8, Midrealm Dragons 3

After a day of cooperation, the Grand Armies of the Midrealm and East got back to competition Thursday as the two armies met for the grand spectacle that is the field battle.

This year’s throwdown on the field would involve two fights, each worth one War Point. Combat archery was allowed in the second battle.

The two sides lined up on their traditional starting points with the Midrealm on the east side of the field and East attacking from the west side of the field.

The Dragon’s forces arrayed themselves with the Tuchux and South Oaken and allied kingdoms to the north; the Great Dark Horde, Ealdormere, Calontir and Darkmoon in the center; and Darkyard, Ironwolf, North Oaken and Lochac to the south.

The East lined up with Atlantia and Rome to the north; Æthelmearc, the Southern and Central Armies in the center; and the Northern Army and other allied kingdoms to the south.

At the sound of the cannon, more than 1,000 fighters charged into the fray. Darkyard went on a mad dash on the extreme southern flank, while the Tuchux did the same on the northern edge of the field. However, both charges eventually ran out of steam and manpower. Meanwhile, East forces in the center created large bulges in the Midrealm line, leading to an untenable position for many Midrealm fighters and allies. At the end of the first fight, the East’s forces in the center had the Midrealm’s forces completely encircled and ground them down. Meanwhile, remnants of House Bloodguard and Rome mopped up the remaining forces to the north. When two forces met in the north center of the battlefield, the cannon sounded, signifying an East victory.

The second fight turned out to be much more a battle of attrition. Whole units from both armies were chewed up in a meatgrinder in the center of the battlefield. In the end, elements of Black Talon and Rome were able to survive the melee and score a victor over the last few remaining Midrealm hardcores.

HRM Brion assembled his jubilant forces and asked his army raise cheers to each and every one of his allies after the battle. HRM Brion thanked the East for their prowess, but was quick to give credit his opponents as well.

“Honor these ladies and gentlemen across the field who met you so valiantly this day,” HRM Brion said. “Without their great prowess we would have nothing to do.”

After the battles, however, it was clear the fighting was not done. The army of Ealdormere marched to the center of the battlefield and threw down a challenge to the East’s Northern Army. This was accepted and the White Wolf met the Northern Star in three rounds of combat, with the Spartans and House Darkmoon joining in the fun.

Today’s big battle: The Broken Field Battle

The Broken Field has a new spin on it this year. As the Midrealm is trailing, they will be given the opportunity to take the field first construct whatever obstacles they can create. The East will then have 60 minutes to destroy the Midrealm army. If they are unsuccessful, the Midrealm takes the final two points. There will be no resurrections.

What to watch for: Unique wall and bridge formations. Much like the town battle, this battle may take some figuring out in its early stages. The onus is on the East to win the battle as the attacker.

Unclassifieds - Friday, August 18, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Events Open to All

Reform Jewish Shabat service behind Silver Dragon Co., #11 Bow Street. 7pm Friday.

UNCLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted

Desperately Needed: Burly guy with organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent this coming Saturday and Sunday. Please inquire at the PI Office.

Seeking Female Assistant! Full time until Thanksgiving. All travel expenses paid. Must be willing to work long hours. Good people skills will help. See Isabell at Merchant space #136 for more details.

Wanted: Miners for Lunar excavation. Must have prior mining and digging experience. Lactose intolerance, veganism or severe dairy allergies prefered. Ability to hold breath for long periods of time a plus. Orphans doubly welcome. Please inquire at the House Three Skulls Encampment in W07.

Lost & Found

REWARD for return of knife lost in Market. Wood/brass handle, blade marked ANGELSWORD. Claim REWARD @ Lusty Wench, E17, Hill Road & Good Intentions

Red feathers, 3 taped with red tape. Gerrard the Toymaker misses them. Please return to W09.

Ottoman embroidery books stolen! If seen, please tell me at Small Churl Books.

LOST: brown velvet cloak, black fur collar, beaded circle of Celtic knot work attached. Return to Shadow Clan.

LOST: Sunglasses at wood’s battle. If found return to lost and found. Please! Must have for healthy eyes.

To the gentle who turned the Pelican/Laurel medallion into Lost & Found. Thank you so much. You have my eternal gratitude.

Memorials

The Pennsic Tribute Ship WILL sail! On Friday full dark, come to water’s edge at the foot of W18 within sight of flushies.

Wanted to Buy

Quahog shell, do you have it? Can you get it? Bring it to Serpent’s Eye, #85 Street of Gold to trade.

General

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! S’Avant-Garde is granted the LAUREL CROWNED CIRCLE AWARD of OMICRON DELTA KAPPA Society, Inc. for achieving certification in Mental Health Counseling for the Deaf. We invite you to join her friends, her sungha & her peers in offering their heartfelt congratualtions for receiving this rare honor. Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SEWING HINT: thread needles before cutting thread from spool-less snarling!

Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.

Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!

Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion group at the Haunted Bookshop #63 4-5pm. M,W,F

O Yea! O Yea! Be it known that on August 18 at 3pm on Horde Hill (E10), during informal family court, I, Siobhan O’Neill, in the presence of King Felix, Queen Madelina, Great Khan Rowena, my Brothers and all who wish to attend, will re-affirm my vows of Fealty. This is in observance of my Silver Anniversary of becoming a Member of the Order of the Laurel, being an appropriate time for reflection and renewal.

Chainmail shirts from $100, riveted shirts from $225. Coifs, Gamails, Aventgills too, all at Highland Arms Booth 200

SQUIRE CART for rent for handicapped or pampering someone. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space #26

Hi-Res photos of the Children’s Water Battle will be available at no cost about a week after war. - Compliments of Shadowclans. http://www.shadowclans.org

Clean, dry cardboard boxes. FREE! Pick up at Pennsic Independent office.

ATTENTION ALL ØSTGARDRIANS PAST AND PRESENT

The Viceroy and Vicereine of the Crown Province of Østgardr, desiring to complete the rolls of all members of the Order of the Seahorse and the rolls of the Champions of Østgardr, from the founding of said honors unto the present day, do hereby call upon all holders of said honors, past and present, or any persons knowing of such service, to make themselves known to the Viceroy and Vicereine at Østgardr encampment (E04) at this the XXXV Pennsic War, or to contact Lady Brithwen De Bores Hulla, Seneschal of Østgardr, at Østgardr encampment or at Brithwen@yahoo.com, upon their returning home.

Do you travel retail? Go wholesale and save!! Plus get 30 free vacations! Call and mention P35 for discount 724-561-7769. Enjoy your mundane life now! Dealers also needed call for inforamation at 724-561-7769 $$$$

ALL HAIL THE MUD QUEEN!

Master Tristan Alexander invites all scribes to an illumination round table in his camp, next to the playground on Friday the 18th at 3pm. Please bring a matt or chair to sit on.

To the good gentles of Endewearde do Ulaghan and Sartakh give greetings. May your arrows by swift and your blows land true.

To the Markland Army: May Sun and Moon smile upon you and gentle winds blow through the days!! Have fun! Praise Marklar!! Sir Brigit

Relive Agincourt 10/21/06 in the BMDL. Email: medicmacintyre1521@yahoo.com

Filkers! I seek war-related songs set to tune of musicals! Contact Shlomo after war. Richardm@ohiohills.com

Attention Barony Beyond the Mountain archers: His Excellency, Dinsdale, will shoot the war point on Friday (today). Meet at the North gate at 11:30 am if you wish to shoot with him.

Looking for a ride to the airport, Sat. 19th No later than 3:30 pm. Inquire at Outlands Royal block W3, ask for Talia or Stephanie, will pay gas $

Tired of non-medieval etc? Join medieval recreation society! Contact afmoyer@excite.com

Good gentles we wish to express our deepest sympathy at the passing of the youth of the Honorable Lady Alleandara D’Avignon. With heart, brains, and courage, we hope she weathers the tornado of old age, her and her little dog too.

It is with regret that I must announce that my close friend Sabina of Kilkenny will choke to death on Hausenpfeffer in the coming year.

Amazon the Accident Prone and Alex Jaruk Joyfully invite our Pennsic friends and family to stand in circle to witness our vows of marriage Thursday, 7pm, the shade of the Willow tree behind the bathhouse. in deference to our LGTG friends we have taken no government license and will, in Quaker tradition, marry each other without extra clergy. Your presence is the only gift we request. With love, Zon & Alex

Would anyone who knows Cheetah please ask him to check in with Marrakech at Touch the Earth? Thanks.

Congratulations to Ray of Hope’s first Pennsic, first day of your 60th trip around the sun.

Many thanks to the gentles who alerted Amy Shuman.

To members of the Gilded Pearl: There will be a short meeting Saturday 8/19 at noon at Northpass camp X04 corner of Sedailia’s Way and Low Road.

House McDuff/Dion Side and friends therein, Barony of Lochmere friends and House Drunken Badger.....thanks for a great Pennsic. I couldn’t have made it through without your friendships. --- Gwynn

Mariana has not been offered any swords or daggers yet! if you see her please do so.

WEAVING CLASSES: Friday; 10am (Card), 2pm (Lucet), 5pm (Inkle). See Pine Box Traders space 126 Egil the Loomwright, Instructor. Midnight and Maddness specials continue through end of War.

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and we know where to find them! N30, Haus Nine Haus

For Sale

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Get Cheap and Ostentatious! We’ve been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons On Bow Street space #19

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC ! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

Naalbinding - how to make your enemies a thong they will never forget, ask for Karakul. Forba’s Yarns, Z-14

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

For Sale - Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.

Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow Street. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

SILK SHANTUNG & CHARMEUSE - $8 per yard. Booth #25

What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6

Jewelry repair Bazaar $10 each add hour $6 Cornpick

Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow street tailormade@mindspring.com

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.

Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.

Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraighs Alehouse. Ask for Pente (Wookie)

For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full sz STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ stormvale BTM W08

Knilling 10KF Violin outfit - brand new, never used includes case, bow, rosin, pitchpipe. 4’ fine tuners. Retail value $1500 - yours for $995/or best offer ask for Eiric at Camp Spartii - N15.

CLEARANCE on Period Pavilions®: We’re overstocked on gently used Period Pavilions®, and we have no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings.” Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Mediaeval Miscellania

2’ x 2’ x 1/2” stainless 304 steel plate. See Dunchadh; Barony of Andelcrag, N07

FOR SALE: Propane fridge. Needs coolant refill, but otherwise in great condition. Only used for 12 weeks total (6 Pennsics). Was $1400 new, asking $700 or best offer. Camp Testosterone, N31 (large white bear gates). Ask for Berus.

Set of 4 antique goblets make offer. Hedgehogs E23

Yurt for sale. 15 foot round. See it on E-18, Camp Greenwood. It must go on Friday. Make an offer! Best offer takes it. Ask for Luther.

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Tatami stand, mats, sharpening kits and mushiro swords at Highland Arms Booth #200

Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

HARP: 31/2 octave wirestrung believed made by Jay WITCHER. NEW PRICE about $3000. Asking $1000. See Deirdre at Southwind N-30.

Armour Pieces: As a set or sold individually... articulated stainless knee’s, mild helmet, stainless arm cops, leather/stainless gorget $225 OBO Please call 443-282-6156 or ask for Melusine at Shire of Eisental

Pendragon ladies bodice leather/suede green black. See Feithline at Castle Bruin Camping block X07 Best Offer.

TherionArms - world antique and fine reproduction arms & armor - http://www.therionarms.com

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24

BOWED PSALTERY for sale - Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Ltd. Edition cigar boxes & metal signs. House of the Flying Monkey - E01 $10-$40 see Cat. All negotiable.

Madness!! Day and night cloaks and 16th C. Spanish surcoats 10% off! Orders included - some gowns also. Misty Tower. Space 26.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Mouflon for sale. Slightly used. Will trade for ironing board. See Slyme for details.

Warning: Mouflon bites can be nasty. No, really!

Ghawazee shirts, 1 1/2 circle skirts & more - Materialis

Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

Think you’ve seen all of the trim there is to see at Pennsic? Think again. - Materialis on Bow Street

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits available once again at Dancing Pig Pottery on Bow Street. Flavors for the Celtic holidays! Brews in 7 to 14 days in a gallon bottle of water. Email sherry@fergesen.com for notes when www.ambrosiafarm.com goes live this fall!!!

For Sale: Panther Spoke Wheel 12’. Used once, new condition. $1,000 obo. Akero Thunder E17, very nice tent!

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Personals

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. § Abra

Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.

Aurora, Tsivia, Asa, Gwerydd, Beatrice: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! Our webs are hopelessly tangled! What shall we do?!? -- Brains

Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!

ROE ADAMS, KEITH DREW or anyone who knows them - please contact Coryn at Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Laird MacEavry, I regret to inform you that Leofwynn the Exuberant has run off with the crew of the Pirate ship Ravenspittle. Please set a candle in the window that she may find her way safely home. YIS, Lizabetta.

Seeking tree (to climb). Are you on site? If so, please come visit - top of the hill. - C

William T. Wilde is at N30 across from the big castle. Looking for Ann & John Krone and family. Lady Behbin Stephanie are you here? I miss my old Indiana friends from Greyhope! My phone is (941)493-2803.

Hroar to Huette- I look forward to 50 years of joy with you Love X a billion.

Master Hroar Stormganger is departing the Midrealm for Caid in two weeks. Please visit at booth 66.

To my home Barony of Bonwickee; wish you all could be here. Love Aerin.

Bright Hills and Friends: Mike and Elizabeth Schechter have had a baby boy, Jacob Anthony, Tue am.

Foscadh (FOS-Midrealm) Congratulations! You have now fought in ALL35 Pennsic Wars!!!

Thank you for the best week at Pennsic ever. From Lady Asynia to Lord Fiachna

O ye of Pennsic by Night renown. There is beauty to be captured. Let us meet. Aoife, Eoforwic, W08

Maggie - so glad the last 10 years meant so much. Who are you? Fergus

Maggie - Who are you? - Fergus’ Wife

Maggie - We need to talk. - Fergus’ Mistress

Red hatter looking for other Red Hat Society. Katerina Hereksdottir, Norseland E23

Amon Lor, my thanks for your company. - Fiona

WHAT DRACO DID ON HIS SUMMER VACATION......breaks word, forgets to break bread...lays intoxicated egg while making midnight bird...leaves lady to fall while fanning old flame...takes high road only to land in gutter...marks spot with Thor’s hammer-forgets way home...opts for little boy rather than right hand man...dragon’s neglect heralds TPK. Krysia & Loras on death’s doorstep. Chicken dance anyone?...by dragon’s choice sea monster wins...Draco on his summer vacation-the onus.

Warning! Moat dragon roaming free! Interspecies romance or kidnapped? Taken between 3am and dawn, would like back! If seen or ransom desired please see Barony of Bergental, ASAP

A big THANK YOU to my crew, Ysabeau, Tomas, and Keara for the best Pennsic ever!!

Lord Wilhelm Baumhecker & Dona Ana de Guzman are pleased to announce their wedding. Todo para ti amor.

Thanks for a great 1st Pennsic Casa do Buraco, Love, “the Virgins”

It is always a good time to hang out with a bubble burster, thanks for the safety duty, V.

Not far from an Enchanted Ground lies a shady camp where beauties abound. A Cat, a Mouse, an Angel too, Blythe, Carl and Cody are part of the crewe. They took us in when from noise we fled, they shared their songs, they shared their bread. N, L, J & A

Tessa the Amnesiac seeks Torrun from Ohio, Please call: 609-247-5663

James of Buckston, on our 25th anniversary, thank you for being willing to play my game. All my love - Ysolt

Ti - The lotus misses the stem, you are loved. Senni Robert - love you - Simone

A hardy hello to House Crossbow from the mundane world, and remember don’t burn that sheep! Neils and Beileag

Chrissy, you are my love, my life and heart. I love you with all of my heart. Love, your Anthony

PI Web Edition - Monday, August 14, 2006

Pennsic Date change

By Master Liam St. Liam

For the Pennsic Independent

Pennsic always changes from year to year, and the most obvious change for Pennsic XXXVI will be its starting date.

As announced earlier this summer, next year’s Pennsic will start on Friday, July 27 and will run through Sunday, August 12. Baroness Rosamunde Beausivage, next year’s Mayor, made the formal announcement following a meeting of the seneschals of the East, Middle and Æthelmearc and representative of Cooper’s Lake Campground..

The main reasoning behind the change is the early start of school in a number of southern and midwestern states, which causes problems for parents and for SCA members who are teachers or work in other aspects of education. For parents in place like Trimaris and parts of Calontir, the early school start meant only one week of Pennsic – or no Pennsic at all. At least one former member of the Board of Directors, Mistress Elasait of Calontir, has missed Pennsic at time because of the school calendar in her home kingdom of Calontir.

“I cannot tell you how happy I was to hear about the change,” said Lady Seichel von Halstern of the East Kingdom, who is leaving today for a college orientation. “This way, it’s not going to mess me up for the next five years.”

Almost everyone interviewed about the date change either supported it or did not have a strong opinion either way. A few people said they might have to rearrange their July schedules but thought it would not be a major problem.

Prior to Pennsic, the decision produced a rather heated discussion on the East Kingdom Internet mailing list, partly because it had not been discussed publicly. Most of those in other kingdoms said there were not too many complaints.

There will have to be some changes in events in some kingdoms. Æthelmearc may be unable to continue its demo for the Hawk Creek Nature Preserve, and the July event schedule in the East Kingdom will have to be adjusted because the traditional date for Southern region War Camp in Eisental. That event is usually scheduled for the weekend that Pennsic will start next year. Several other kingdoms already do not have major events scheduled in July.

Sunday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers, Battlefield Reporter

For the Pennsic Independent

Combat of the Thirty

Immediately following Opening Ceremonies, nearly 60 of the Known World’s finest warriors assembled to stage a recreation of the Combat of the Thirty of the Hundred Years War. Duchess Eanor of Amberhall of the Middle Kingdom led the English, while Sir Nigel MacFarlane of Ealdormere led the French.

Each fighter brought several ransoms to the field in the event they were captured. Fighters could be captured by taking three poleax blows to the head and then led to the opposing side’s banner. Fighters could only be killed by a thrust to a vulnerable spot in their armor. In the event the fighter was killed, his entire ransom stash would be “looted.”

While the English side did manage to ransom a few French fighters, the French were overwhelming in the end and won in a rout. Next year, the English will be captained by Duke Yngvar the Dismal of Æthelmearc, while the French will be led by Sir Kieran MacLoud of the Midrealm.

Inter-Kingdom Unbelted Melee Team Tournament

The Kingdom of Ealdormere hosted the third annual Inter-Kingdom Unbelted Melee Team Tournament around noon Sunday. Seven teams of 15 fighters from across the Known World engaged in a round robin tournament with the two top finishers battling it out for the championship in the end. Results from the round robin were: Midrealm 6-0; Atlantia 5-1; _thelmearc 4-2; Ealdormere 3-3; Atenveldt 2-4; Trimaris 1-5; and Lochac 0-6.

The Midrealm and Atlantia took the field for the title fight and, much like their round-robin encounter, the match was a meat grinder. Unfortunately, one Atlantia fighter had to be transported from the field after sustaining an injury. The Atlantians rallied, however, and bested the Dragon warriors for the title.

Known World Novice Tournament

The third annual Known World Novice Tournament, sponsored by the Order of the Chivalry and run by Sir Sarnac of Ealdormere, drew 100 fighters with less that two years experience. These fighters were organized into 10 round robin shark pits with the top two fighters advancing to the semifinal shark pits. The winners of the two semifinal shark pits would then advance to the title match.

It was an all East Kingdom affair in the finals, as Lord Deacon de Shatillion bested Lord William de Shoreham two bouts to one to claim the title.

Graybeard Tournament

While the young guns of SCA shone on the red tourney field, some the Society’s most experienced warriors met for the Graybeard Tournament on the white tourney field. A total of 28 gentles over the age of 50 participated in the tournament, with the winner taking home a scroll by Lady Aibell Suil-Uaine.

The final fight saw Sir Sextus Plinus Callidus beat Lord Aric Coer d’Latter in two straight bouts to claim the title.

Iron Rose Tourney

Over fifty women took the field in the annual Iron Rose tourney. Results were as follows:

Novice

4th place – Timbrein

3rd place – Stephanie of Wulfshaven

2nd place – Hilda Gunn

1st place – Serena Shieldbreaker

Advanced

4th place – Ariella of Thornburg

3rd place – Marygeld Tynker

2nd place – Baronesse Mira Finnbhar ni Argyll

1st place – THL Kaylah the Cheerful

Today’s Big Battle: The Town Battle

After a long hiatus, the town battle returns to War Point play. The object of this resurrection battle will be to capture “buildings” and move Kingdom relics into temples and ships. The side with the most points for capturing buildings and relics after 90 minutes will claim a single War Point.

What to look for: Chaos! As this style of battle has been off the Pennsic calendar for some time, expect numerous strategies to be employed. There may be a “feeling out” process early in this battle, but expect a spirited fight.

The Battle Lines are Drawn

By DonalBane of Blakmers, Battlefield Reporter

For the Pennsic Independent

On a bright Sunday morning, the mood seemed to match the weather as the sovereigns and populace of the Known World assembled to officially open Pennsic War XXXV.

The Kingdom of Æthelmearc, celebrating its 10th year as an independent kingdom, took its customary place as it was first to occupy the Pennsic fort. Songs of Æthelmearc filled the stage in front of the fort until the two belligerent nations arrived.

The Great Armies of the Midrealm and the East marched onto the field side by side, bringing their allies behind them. One by one, the sovereigns of the Known World were embraced by TRM Malcolm and Tessa of Æthelmearc and then took their place upon the stage until the ceremonies opened with a trumpet fanfare.

HRM Malcolm was first to address the populace, welcoming “his cousins” and the people of the Known World to his land.

“It seems we have a bit of a discussion going on between two of my cousins,” HRM Malcolm said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “And it appears that it needs more discussion.”

“This land, this Society and our world is one of honor, courage and chivalry,” HRM Malcolm added.

” We welcome you all and hope in this week, you are all able to live by those virtues.”

With that Malcolm yielded the stage to HRM Brion of the East and HRM Felix of the Midrealm. HRM Brion spoke first, saying that he had brought with him a large army, but preferred not to engage the Midrealm as enemies but in friendship.

“I think we spoke of how good it is to seek glory on the field,” HRM Brion said to his counterpart. ”Methinks this is good thing to do while we are here.”

“You speak that which is in my heart, Brion,” HRM Felix replied. ”We would hope to repeat the victories that the Midrealm earned on this field last year. We will test ourselves against the East.”

After HRM Brion said it would be an honor to meet him on the field, Their Majesties of An Tir and Artemisia came to the stage. HRM Brion then produced an arrow that was made eight years ago and had “great significance to me.”

“It would do me a great honor and show me great friendship to have you break this with me to declare this war,” Brion said.

HRM Felix replied “In friendship,” and the two kings broke the arrow and embraced one another, drawing cheers from the crowd.

The roll call of Kingdoms then began and HRM Malcolm was first to speak. HRM Malcolm said he remembered the mighty roar of the Dragon from the past year’s war and said that his kingdom “loves a challenge.” With that Malcolm threw his kingdom’s support behind the East.”

HRM Radnor of the West spoke next and noted his kingdom was dedicated “to the highest calling of chivalry.” He said the West would join the side of the smaller force to even out the sides as much as possible and thus declared for the Midrealm.

HRM Craven of Atenveldt spoke next and said he would “follow the bloodline” as HRM Brion was a former king of Atenveldt. Thus, Atenveldt would fight with the East.

In quick succession, Meridies, Caid and Ansteorra all declared for the Midrealm. Atlantia spoken next and swore allegiance to its father kingdom, the East. An Tir also declared for the East.

HRM Semjaka of Calontir spoke next and said he also desired to keep the forces even. As such, he declared for the Midrealm, as did the Kingdom of Trimaris. HRM Bela of the Outlands said his kingdom would side with their longtime allies from Calontir and thus declared for the Midrealm.

HRM Michael of Drachenwald said that while his kingdom was born of the East, “the black dragon will fly together with the red dragon as we will for the Midrealm.” HRM Michael of Artemisia noted he also had bloodlines with HRM Brion, and declared his allegiance to the East.

HRM Aaron of Ealdormere said his Kingdom would join its former brothers in forming “a red wave to sweep away the East.” HRM Draco of Lochac affirmed he was “the real King of Lochac,” and declared for the Midrealm.

HRM Lars of Northshield then made a bit of history as, for the first time, the Gryphon will fight with the Tyger.

Last to speak among the SCA Kingdoms was the newest Kingdom — Gleann Abhann. HRM Mary-Grace first thanked the populace for the opportunity for her Kingdom to fight in the war. HRM Mary-Grace then said she would follow her allies Meridies and declared for the Midrealm,

The Holy Kingdom of Acre then continued its long-standing alliance with the East. Finally, the Great Dark Horde entered as Khan Rowena approached the stage with much fanfare. In honor of the friendship the Horde had with Duke Eliahu, Rowena presented Felix with a Horde arrow as token of the Horde’s allegiance to the Midrealm.

With all parties declared, the Darkyard Legion brought forth the Pennsic War Horn. After several tries, HRM Brion was able to produce a low blast. HRM Felix then attempted to do likewise, but the cannons roared as he tried, officially opening the war.

The final act of Opening Ceremonies was three hearty Vivats in praise of friendship.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lost & Found

Reward if Found: Fabric Dragon is not in the merchant booklet this year, but is here somewhere! If found the rewards are special pricing on silk, linen, and wool threads, and other embroidery and beading supplies. Report finding immediately to: everyone

Lost - Kodak digital camera. Please return to L&F. We would really like the pictures of our kids back.

Will the gentle who bought a Pennsic DVD and Poison Pen Press on Friday please return it. We think it is defective.

Parties

Brendoken Citizens and Friends; join us at an Open House and Revel on 8/15 at Brendoken Baronial Camp N03. 7pm until whenever. Bring chairs, please!

Andrew MacRobb and his lady Damaris invite all friends to their handfasting on Tuesday, 8/16/06 at 5:00pm at Club Aed on Bye The Way. Dinner Afterwards!

To all ÿstrgardrians past, present, and future! Come to the 2nd Annual ÿstgardr Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am Monday, 8/14/06, in E04 ÿstgardr. Free pancakes for all, donations graciously accepted but not necessary.

Erotic/Belly Dancers for Lesbian Tea Party. Female dancers only for ladies-only party. Burlesque/Topless/Nude. All ladies welcome. The party starts 8:30pm Mon 13th at B08 the Black Pearl Tavern on Tours Rd see Ozoul or Tyger before the party or just show up!

The baby shower for Hawk and Uta will be at 4-6pm on Monday at the Northwoods Camp on Block B05.

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For Sale

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Get Cheap and Ostentatious! We’ve been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons On Bow Street space #19

FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Panther Pavilion for sale--used one year. 18’ X 24’ Classic Pitch Marquee with 7’ walls. Will consider all offers before listing on Ebay. Set up package is negotiable. Will work out delivery. Call 440-322-2579 for more information.

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Pennsic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

Come hither and tickle my short and curlies, Forba’s Yarns, z-14

8x & 10x linen testers (thread counters) Booth #25.

F12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

For Sale - Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.

Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Take My Fabric! Antique satins, solids, some prints. $1/yd. See Moire at the Pennsic Independent.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Pavilion for sale: Brand new! Panther 16x16 center-pole. 7’ walls. Seam-engineered, other extras. Roof, Walls, and poles, valued at $2200, for only $1600. Take it home from Pennsic! See it at Ravenstreet, E05. Ask for Mistress Anne or Master Tirloch.

RAW MILK - Available less than 10 miles from camp from Dean Farms. Call Adam Dean, 724-944-7894 for more info between 8:00am and 12:00pm daily.

Panther Pavilion 9’x16’ oval with 6’ walls & fly. See Padraig at Shire of Caer Adamant, N24.

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow Street. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 26” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of limnes #24

SILK SHANTUNG & CHARMEUSE - $9 per yard. Booth #25

What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

See the Frodo popped corn bowl, 17 inch yellow birch, other sizes available. Also the fearsome flat tooth shark and other puppets all @ A Tinker 123 Plunder.

Jewelry repair. Bazaar. $10. Each add. hour, $6. Cornpick

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

LINEN & SILK threads & floss at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow street tailormade@mindspring.com

Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.

Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraigh’s Alehouse. Ask for Dente (Woorie)

For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full size STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ Stormvale BTM W08

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

The Book Lady may not be back next year. Inventory reduction sale now in progress. Including; Jewelry and Crystals. In space 185 with Auntie Arwen.

Knilling 10KF Violin outfit - brand new, never used includes case, bow, rosin, pitchpipe. 4’ fine tuners. Retail value $1500 - yours for $995/or best offer ask for Eiric at Camp Spartii - N15.

Large Wooden Cart. Any reasonable offer accepted. Inquire at King’s Taste, Bazaar #1. Bring out your dead! Carry your Barony’s armor!

CAPE SPECIAL. 10% off our all ready low Pennsic prices. Orders included. Monday, Tuesday only. Misty Tower. Space 26

CLEARANCE: We’re overstocked on gently used Period PavilionsÆ, and we have no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings”. Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Medieval Misc.

REAL CHEESECLOTH for real cheesemakers. Booth #25

Used Pavilion for Sale. 10’x14’ Marquee. Sunforger, poles, ropes and stakes included. Mathilde, N21, Quatrefoil, must take delivery Saturday $300 or best offer.

For Sale - Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.

General

Greatsword Prize Tourney, Tuesday, August 15, 3:30, Blue List. Memorial Tourney is for Thorkell of Neville’s Cross. Prizes include: barbuta helm, jewelry and more.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! S’Avant-Garde is granted the LAUREL CROWNED CIRCLE AWARD of OMICRON DELTA KAPPA Society, Inc. for achieving certification in Mental Health Counseling for the Deaf. We invite you to join her friends, her sungha & her peers in offering their heartfelt congratualtions for receiving this rare honor.

Where the heck is Bow street? Across from Midrealm Royal and the Store, Bow Street is a treasure trove of merchants! Don’t miss it.

Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16 2 - 4 pm at _thelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!

Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. THe Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Disability Guild www.health.yahoo.groups.com/AIs

Bard’s Haven will not hold sing for your supper this year but we be having Celtic bardic on Tues with all the usual gifts, prizes and a special feast.

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome

To all _thelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaine’s meeting in _thelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

PNZ LOO ZLQ WKH ZDU EUB QHB QLL

Hail House Nuin, St. Joan’s & Camp Rubber Ducky! War greetings to all! Wish we could be there with you but we ran into some delays on the town run. With much love. Rabhairt & Marja

Rescue Ranger Reading Refuge--Need a rest from revelry? Visit our library of diverting tomes! Open daily 3 to 5 FREE! Wyrmwood Forest, E21. Got books?

Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday, 7:30pm - Bhakail, N11

Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SEWING HINT: aged fabric breaks fewer needles DM25

Tirnewydd & friends! Wish we were there! Have fun, be safe! Marco & Michelina

Mary Woolridge - Please return to Booth 39. We gave you the wrong turtle brooches. Yours are waiting.

Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.

Anyone with a serious interest in Dark Age Reencactment are invited to the Regia Anglorum pot-luck and meeting at Duke Talymar’s encampment (by the Runestone) on Tuesday at 7pm with the meeting about 8pm. Dress is not required.

Darwin Awards Book Signing! Author Wendy Northcutt will be signing books and taking SCAdian related submissions. WHEN? Wednesday, 1pm. WHERE: Tomes & Tunes Space #51 on Broadway. Hardback books available! Discount for Pennsic: $12.00

Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion. Group at the Haunted Bookshop #63 4-5pm. M,W,F

Weaving classes Monday 11am - Lucet: 2pm - Card: 8pm - Inkle: Tuesday 8am - Inkle: 11am - Inkle: 2pm - Lucet: 5pm - Inkle: 8pm - Card: See Pine Box Traders Space #126.

REWARD: for return of stolen cloak undamaged. No questions. Misty Tower, Space #26

If you are a Librarian, love libraries, or are a library, please join us at the Known World Librarians’ meeting 6-9pm, Monday, 8/14 in AS4.

Do you have the pipes to complete? Can you blow the competition away? The Mountain Confederation is calling all pipers to our Annual Bagpipe Competition. WHEN? sign in is 8:30ish WHERE: Confed E12 on Brewers Road, Tuesday of War Week.

Come One Come All! Come to the Annual Confederatoin Pipers’ Competition 8:45ish at Confed - E12, Tuesday of War Week.

Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am. Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.

O Thief who stole a black velveteen cloak from Misty Tower: May your deed rebound upon you 3-fold.

The 11th Annual Bardic sponsored by House De Londres will be on Tuesday, August 14th at 10pm. Invitations available at De Londres Encampment X05. See Aluric.

Live journal fighter practice on Monday, August 14th, 2:30pm. Sir Ix-Aztecknight invites all those from livejournal.com to join him at the Gold list to meet all.

Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!

Personals

To Everyone: Go Tell Auntie Arwen (Auntie Arwen’s Spices) to drink more WATER. From Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. *heart* Abra

Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.

Footloose & Fancy Free? A lady is looking for a gentleman with 45-60 years of life’s experiences to help her polish the brass. If interested contact: 330-347-6407.

Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Attention Known World - We would like to announce the marriage of Lord David de Londres and Lady Morgain of Lynn. I love you rivers and streams! David

Beware the yurt yakker! Protect your yurt! Evict drunks!

Would Donald R. Richardson and Howard Rusko please return to the Pillaged Village with the purchases they made on Saturday the 12th and their credit card slips?

To the noble knight of Lochac who was the only person in 12 and a half hours to offer the ladies and lads of the Pillaged Village assistance in unloading their truck: Good Sir, you are a credit to your order.

Last Pennsic a generous Lady lent me her skirt to walk home from the showers, as I had forgotten my towel. She said she was camped with Three Rivers I believe, but I was unable to find that camp, so if she or her friends would like to return her skirt to her, please come to the Independant and pick it up. Thank you.

Lord Slyme of Cynnabar came to war with an electric fan, a basket of cleaning supplies, a couch and a full length mirror. Really!

Thursday August 17th 9pm to 11pm Come to the Official Pennsic Speed Bump for The Hasta La By By party for Pete and Sully of Maiden Mongolia. Stop by and wish them well. For health reasons this is their last Pennsic. On Market Street outside booth 72. BYOB

Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.

Greg Kveberg and Scott Logan - Shoshannah is seeking you. Come to the Barony of Bakhail, N11, Harem of Bilgisayr to find me.

Dion Drunken McDuff --- thank you soo much for a great beginning to war, I wish I could stay. My lady will keep me informed of the wonderful things you do for her and for (to?) our household members. I will miss you all, see you Friday! -- Kristin

Aurora, Tsvia, Asa, Gwerydd: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! What shall we do?!? -- Brains

Peregrine: I will pick you up at midnight anytime, anywhere! Thanks for being there when I needed you - Aitch

Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!

Wrolf I love you more every moment I am with you. Ten years is just the beginning. Love Aibell

You gave a class on building wood lathes last year. I built one and need advice. Siobhra at House Von Draken - E12.

Kristin, my Gryphon. I shall miss you this week while you are home defending our country, sleeping with our greyhound Onge, and missing me as I will miss you. With my greatest love and affection, your Tygre, Gwyn.

Which War?

By Einar Gunn

For the Pennsic Independent

Certain aspects of both events are familiar: armor, boots, helmet, weapons, gear, clothing. There are water-bearers and medics. But in one war, the ammunition is live and there is no resurrection. There is supporting fire, but it comes in the form of explosives rather than rocks from siege engines. The delay for artillery will be minutes, not days, but even those minutes can be crucial. Heat exhaustion is a problem, and it can be lethal at the wrong time. Go down from the heat and you’ll get an IV and a quick evac…hopefully. In both cases, the fighters need water, food, resupply and a competent commander. But the enemy in one cares nothing for chivalry or courtesy. It will strike from the rear, at downed soldiers, even at civilians outside the field of play.

Many SCAdians also serve in the Armed Forces. Each year, a good number of them cannot make Pennsic, because they are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Bosnia or numerous little flare ups in Africa or elsewhere. Reservists and Guardsmen may be in odd parts of the world for training, providing support to allies from Canada to Australia to Thailand. Or they may be activated themselves.

It is important to remember that the wars we play at are often glamorized from the best, most noble events in history, or replayed to bring that aspect to the front of our re-creation.

While you trek around the lake to parties, or to the archery field, remember our brothers and sisters marching long miles in the Afghan mountains with loads of 100 pounds or more. As you don armor and drink water before the field battle, remember those driving convoys on the MSRs in Iraq, or searching house to house for hostile forces. They also sweat and chafe, but dare not doff their gear to cool down, and there are no holds until one reaches the base. Marshals can think of the Peacekeepers in Bosnia, who must remain vigilant that old hatreds between factions don’t erupt into further violence. Even the most contentious and troublesome happenings at War are tame compared to real engagements. Treating a broken wrist at the castle in high heat and through armor is not the same as doing so on a crowded street, where insurgents are flocking for a piece of the action and fire may come in at the medics as they load the victim for transport. Security can think of patrolling a base perimeter or guarding the gate. As you load or unload your trailer, imagine the millions of tons of supplies loadmasters are pulling in and out of planes in desert heat while keeping an ear out for an attack warning.

And yet, many of us in the military are here at the War, despite the difficulty of travel and leave, and the need to return afterwards. Some troops have made it to Pennsic for mere hours, or just long enough to participate in a favorite event. My wife and I are here straight from our Annual Training, she as a combat photographer at an urban combat training site, I from teaching troops how to respond to IEDs.

There are Strongholds of SCAdians in Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and aboard several ships. Some people might regard this as crazy, to take a break from the military by playing in the heat and cold while wearing garb or armor and walking long distances on rough ground,

But it doesn’t take many events, or more than one War, for most of us to understand. For the dedicated SCAdian, Pennsic is part of the Dream, and what might appear like a play from outside is a way of life, a way of reaching one’s history and soul.

This War, take a few minutes to make it a way to understand the souls of our real world Warriors. Let the cold, heat, rain and pain remind you that you are alive, and cherish the memory when you return home.

PI Web Edition - Saturday, August 12, 2006

Fencing roundup

By Master Liam St. Liam

When Lord Talib of Grey Gargoyles and Tree-Girt Sea saw the Pennsic calendar and then read the date of Chicago’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising walk, he knew he’d have to doing some creative planning.

So he’s going to do his fundraising on the fencing list at Pennsic instead.

Outside the SCA, Lord Talib is known as Leopold Lastre and works for the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County’s Criminal Division. For the last four years, he has joined the folks in his office in raising funds for cancer research through the walkathon held at Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.

Since this year’s event is August 18th, Lord Talib will be taking on all comers on the fencing list between now and then. “I’ll be up there every day,” he said. Lord Talib is asking for a donation of 3 to 5 dollars for three passes against him, and he will wire the money to his office at the end of the war. His office is hoping to raise more than $4,000 – last year’s mark – and donate more money than its dreaded rival, the Traffic Court.

Like many of those who raise money for the American Cancer Society, Lord Talib’s quest is a personal one. His father died of cancer in 1998. “That’s why the Cancer Relay resonates with a lot of people,” he said. “My dad helped make everything happen for me. I do this for him.

Early Bird Tournament

Thursday’s Early Bird fencing tournament was more about stories and schmoozing than about parries and thrusts.

“It’s really more about ‘meet and greet’ than about ‘meet and beat,’ said Lord Martin Baxter of Hawksworth, who ran the tournament and drew 35 fencers from the East, Midrealm, Atlantia, Æthelmearc and Ealdormere. “I really liked the mix of people who came.”

Prior to each bout, the fencers had to share an intriguing fact about themselves and about someone else in the tournament. The “winners” of the tournament included Neko Me of the Midlands, whose own fact was that he was once on all three champions’ teams – fencing, fighting and archery – in the same year. “Actually, he had a lot of interesting facts about himself,” Lord Martin said. “He also had the most interesting fact about someone else.”

That other fact was about one of the other “winners,” Gwyneth McCellan of Æthelmearc, who is one of 125 survivors from the fleet of Admiral Wolfgang. Queen Mary-Grace of Gleann Abhann was among those participating in the tournament.

Upcoming fencing

Today is the Battle of Tortuga, a boat-based melee that starts at noon, followed by a Known World open practice at 2 p.m., and the Baronial Champions “Meet and Beat” at 4 p.m.

Sunday, there is another melee, the Storming of LaRochelle, at noon, and the Rapier Prize Fighters’ Tournament, with proceeds to go to the Chirurgeons. Sunday night, at dark, is the Known World Rapier Party at the Quatrefoil encampment.

Gleann Abhann Storms Into Pennsic

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

When last we left Gleann Abhann at the end of the last Pennsic War, they were a Principality about to take the great step into Kingdom status. Preparations were well underway for the October first Coronation, and all was well.

Gleann Abhann (the name is Gaelic for “River Valley”) dates back to the early 90s as a region of Meridies, chose its name, colours, and heraldic symbol (the Ram) in the mid-90’s, and became a Principality in 1998. According to Her Majesty, Mary-Grace, “Meridies was geographically very big, and the two halves of the Kingdom had very different personalities. It seemed like a natural progression.” The Board of Directors approved Gleann Abhann’s petition for Kingdom status in 2004, and in 2005, the Heirs were chosen.

Then Gleann Abhann had a most unwelcome visitor by the name of Katrina.

The Heirs to the Kingdom, Radu and Broinnfinn, were amongst those who found themselves homeless; they were eventually forced to relocate to Little Rock, AR. The majority of the Barony of Seleone (Biloxi, MS) lost almost everything, and the Barony of Axemoor and the Shire of Northover (New Orleans and the Lake Ponchtrain area) were also hard hit. Homes, jobs, and memories were swept away in the swirling waters—not to mention regalia and SCA gear.

Just two months later, however, Gleann Abhann became a kingdom, and there were few dry eyes to be found. How was such a thing possible? Both the relief efforts of the Known World and the spirit of the people of Gleann Abhann made it possible. According to Her Majesty Mary-Grace, “people gave so completely of their time, talents and energy that I am without words to express what it meant to us. It made us all realize what a truly special society we are a part of.”

The next milestone, according to Her Majesty, was the first Crown Toruney as a sovereign kingdom. Though the weather was miserable, the excitement was palpable as the field neared the finals. “I think for many this event marked Gleann Abhann moving forward on her own without Meridies,” Her Majesty said, adding that seeing her husband win was, of course, also a highlight. The first Gulf Wars run by Gleann Abhann followed soon thereafter. The site had been devastated by Katrina, but an excellent relationship with the site owner and an outpouring of assistance allowed the site to be prepared in time. “It was one of the best Gulf Wars ever,” said Her Majesty.

At the Coronation of their Heirs Havordh and Mary-Grace (first to bear the titles of Crown Prince and Princess), Radu and Broinnfinn were given Augmentations of Arms upon stepping down for their great dedication and hard work, and were given the right to style themselves Duke and Duchess Gleann Abhann “so that all would know they had been the first,” explained Her Majesty.

Another highlight was the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, which took place in New Orleans in June and attracted about 150 guests from fourteen kingdoms. Her Majesty: “We were thrilled to be able to host this, but also, on a mundane note, to bring people to New Orleans. I grew up in New Orleans, and currently live just across the lake from the city and it has truly been devastating to witness what this city has been through. It felt good to bring people to New Orleans and to see them enjoying themselves there.”

The next milestone has arrived—attending Pennsic for the first time as a Kingdom. Her Majesty notes that Gleann Abhann’s reputation is that of a kingdom with “just down-to-earth friendly folks” and a strong youth program. The Kingdom also has an Auxillary, similar to the Calontir Soup Kitchen or the Ealdormere Commissariat, which provides battlefield support for the troops, from construction of tabards to on-field refreshment. Plans for Pennsic include hosting the annual Ladies of the Rose Happy Hour, which gives Ladies of the Rose, Viscountesses, and sitting Queens a chance to relax for a few hours.

Her Majesty would not tell us who Gleann Abhann will fight with at War this year, preferring to reveal it at Opening Ceremonies instead—so stay tuned! You can find Gleann Abhann camping at N01, right next door to Meridies.

Pas du Dragon Noir

By Dominic Seamor

“I just wanted to try something new, a different style from the normal SCA combat,” said Alaric the Mad of the Shire of Roxbury Mill in Atlantia. At the Pas du Dragon Noir on Friday, Alaric tried to have his wish fulfilled.

As Baron Asbjorn Johansen OTC, OM explained, the Pas is an attempt to more closely replicate the actual style of tournament fighting from the 14th and 15th centuries. The Pas du Dragon Noir is patterned after an actual Burgundian-style tournament and is part of the Historic Combat Series, a sequence of combats throughout the War emphasizing historical combat techniques.

Unlike standard SCA heavy fighting, in a Pas d’Armes a fighter loses by being struck with a good thrust to only a few small target areas: the armpit, the inside of the elbow, or the face if the fighter is wearing a barred-front helm. A fighter also loses if he or she is disarmed, driven from the list field, or knocked down. Some Pas d’Armes use a system where an agreed number of good blows must be struck before a fighter has lost.

This is the first Pennsic for Becc from the Shire of Hartstone in Æthelmearc. A man-at-arms to Sir Wulfstan Huscarl, Becc made his own armor so he could fight at this War and he found the Pas very exciting. “I really enjoy it!” he exclaimed after a series of bouts with poleaxes. “You can grab your enemy’s weapon and stab him with it,” a trick that Becc actually used against Baron Asbjorn.

“Duff” Fweolan from the Shire of Anglespur in the East Kingdom said that he fights in at least one of the Historic Combat Series events every Pennsic. Fweolan’s experience at this style of combat was evident as he twice used the pommel of his longsword for a kill against Becc’s “unarmored” face.

One of the most authentic combats was fought between Becc and his friend Lord Wulfr, also from the Shire of Hartstone. Becc and Lord Wulfr were dueling with poleaxes and during an intense round of grappling for each other’s weapons Lord Wulfr accidentally struck off Becc’s right elbow armor. The marshal, Sir Wulfstan, immediately stopped the fight and Baron Asbjorn explained that in a historical combat losing part of your armor was enough to cost you the fight. “It depends on the tournament,” Baron Asbjorn said. “In some combats they seemed to be even more concerned about safety than we are in the SCA, but other tournaments were little more than disguised duels where the opponents were hoping to kill each other. There was a wide range of combats in period”

The Historic Combat Series will be continuing throughout the War. Consult your Pennsic 35 book for dates and times. Most of the Historic Combat Series events do not have any appearance requirement and fighters may wear any SCA-legal armor. Some of the Series do have appearance rules; check your Pennsic book for what rules apply to which combats.

Did Alaric get his wish fulfilled? “You bet!” he said. “I like it!”

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am.

Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.

Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16, 2 - 4 pm at Æthelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!

Lost & Found

Reward if Found: Fabric Dragon is not in the merchant booklet this year, but is here somewhere! If found the rewards are special pricing on silk, linen, and wool threads, other embroidery and beading supplies. Report finding immediately.

Memorials

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope invites all who knew her late husband, Master Johan von Traubenberg, to attend a memorial reception in his honor. The reception will be on Saturday, August 12th, from 8 pm – 11 pm in the Æthelmearc Royal encampment next to Chirurgeon’s Point on the Serengeti. Master Johan passed away on October 24, 2005 after an accident at a construction site. Come rejoice in his life, tell stories about him around a fire, and read or contribute to his memory book. Refreshments will be served.

Parties

Andrew MacRobb and his lady Damaris invite all friends to their handfasting on Tuesday, 8/16/06 at 5:00pm at Club Aed on Bye The Way. Dinner Afterwards!

To all Østrgardrians past, present, and future! Come to the 2nd Annual Østgardr Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am Monday, 8/14/06, in E04 Østgardr. Free pancakes for all, donations graciously accepted but not necessary.

Brendoken Citizens and Friends; join us at an Open House and Revel on 8/15 at Brendoken Baronial Camp N03. 7pm until whever. Bring chairs, please!

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For Sale

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly! Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Panther Pavilion for sale--used one year. 18’ X 24’ Classic Pitch Marquee with 7’ walls. Will consider all offers before listing on ebay. Set up package is negotiable. Will work out delivery. Call 440-322-2579 for more information.

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000.00. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24
Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery-custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Vellum - opaline vellum ( sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants row.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC ! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Take My Fabric! Antique satins, solids, some prints. $1/yd. See Moire at the Pennsic Independence.

RAW MILK - Available less than 10 miles from camp from Dean Farms. Call Adam Dean, 724-944-7894 for more info between 8:00am and 12:00pm daily.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

T’will be my pleasure to finger my wool with you, Forba’s Yarns Z-14

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24

Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.
Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

General

Bards’ Haven will not hold “Sing for Your Supper” this year but we be having Celtic Bardic on Tues with all the usual gifts, prizes and a special feast.

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA - ALL WELCOME

The Bedouin Shower Stealers of the Serengeti want to thank the Barony of the Great Crab People for the midnight shower raids.

To all Æthelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaines’ meeting in Aethelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

Episcopal (Anglican) Church service is in Eoforwic camp (W08, camp by the Runestone), 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Communion will be served; this is an open table. Liturgy is from the 1549 Edward VI prayer book. All are welcome.

PNZ LOO ZLQ WKH ZDU EUB QHB QLL

Personals

TO EVERYONE: Go Tell Auntie Arwen (Auntie Arwen’s Spices) to drink more WATER. From Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “You’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. *heart* Abra

Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.

Footloose & Fancy Free? A lady is looking for a gentleman with 45-60 years of life’s experiences to help her polish the brass. If interested contact: 330-347-6407.

PI Web Edition - Saturday, August 19, 2006

Arts & Sciences Road Show

By Master Liam St. Liam

For the Pennsic Independent

With all the battles behind them, more than a dozen Calontiri spent Friday afternoon in the marketplace working on everything from woodworking and sailmaking to pewter casting and throwing pottery.

“We’re inflicting arts & sciences on the masses,” said Conde Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon of the Barony of Three Rivers. “That’s our little joke explanation. We want to let people see that arts and sciences are accessible. It’s nice to get the arts out where the people are.”

Many of Calontir’s artisans are also fighters, and that includes Master Kirk FitzDavid, who is both a Laurel and a member of the Order of Chivalry. It was Master Kirk who originally came up with the idea.

“I usually bring my tools to events to work on projects, and I told (Conde Fernando) that I wanted to do this. He said that what’s good for one is good for everybody,” Master Kirk said. “Last year we just did one day, and this year we decided to do two.”

Calontir’s rulers and heirs both stopped by, as did dozens of other people, many of whom spent a good deal of time watching Conde Fernando pour pewter.

“The old saying was ‘Gold for the royalty, silver for the nobility and pewter for the common folks,’” he explained to a fascinated young girl, his voice loud enough to convey his message to the rest of the crowd. “In the sunlight, pewter looks just like silver.”

He said the key was to get people to see artisans at work. “It’s nice to show people that this isn’t hard. Getting good at it is hard.”

At one end of the line, three women were playing period instruments next to Master Kirk, who was working on a bench. Nearby, Edwearde Boicewright and another craftsman were making stools, including one of strips of rattan. There were also artisans working on weaving, pottery, soapstone carving and mold-making.

At far end of the line, Mistress Rhianwen ferch Bran ap Gruffydd was in the process of making a prototype of a huge, square said for the Fyrdraca, a 32-foot Viking-style ship owned by Duke Dongal and other Calontiri.

“There are no full surviving sails,” said Mistress Rhianwen, who used information from recent finds of Viking ships to determine how big the sail should be. “We have a sail based on my rough figures. We’re going to make prototypes out of canvas before we actually weave one.”

This is the second year the A&S Road Show has visited Pennsic. Hopefully, it will return for many years to come.

Midrealm makes its stand, takes broken field

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

After 13 War Points: East Tygers 8, Midrealm 5

On the final fighting day of Pennsic XXXV, the Grand Armies of the Midrealm and East met for the final time in the broken field battle. According to the rules, this battle was designed to give the trailing army a chance for a last stand. With the Midrealm trailing, they took full advantage of the rules.

When the first cannon sounded, the Midrealm was given 30 minutes to construct what defenses they could by using hay bales. The Midrealm chose to build a redoubt on the extreme northwest corner of the field. This redoubt had only one entrance, two walls and several other obstacles, which made it nearly impregnable. The Midrealm needed only to hold out for 60 minutes to claim the final two heavy fighting War Points.

With the second cannon sounded, the Midrealm had its forces arrayed on the north side of the battlefield, while the East attacked from the south. Between the two forces was a “river” about 20 yards wide. East forces either had to ford the river on their knees (knights could cross standing as they were considered “on horseback”) or construct bridges from hay bales.

On the east side of the battlefield, forces from Atlantia attempted to ford or cross, but their efforts proved largely ineffective. Eastern forces to the center of the battlefield attempted to construct a bridge, but did so in the crosshairs of the bulk of the Midrealm ballista force. The bridge made it three-fourths of the way across the river before the forces were eliminated.

It was on the west side where the East’s attack made the most headway. Æthelmearc forces chose to ford the stream to protect the bridge being built from defenders from Calontir, Clovenshield and others. The strategy worked and the East established a bridgehead before a hold was called.

From that bridgehead, House Bloodguard spearheaded a push up the west flank of the battlefield that reached the redoubt. However, Bloodguard chose not to enter the redoubt and soon found themselves engage and destroyed by House Darkmoon and House Red Winged Lion. Meanwhile, the majority of the Midrealm forces rushed to contain the bridgehead, with hammer blows landed by the Oaken army, Midlands, and the Tuchux.

With the battle contained elsewhere, Ealdormere took the initiative. The White Wolf’s forces forded the river to the East’s side, overran the remaining Atlantians and then proceeded to roll down the length of the river, taking out Tyger reserves as they went.

The Tyger’s forces ended up being completely encircled on the west side. With victory in sight, forces from House Darkmoon and the Darkyard Legion were ordered to abandon the redoubt and help the final push. Before long, the cannon sounded as the Midrealm eliminated Black Talon and the final Eastern allies.

HRM Felix of the Midrealm, who had to sit out the fight, was all smiles as he addressed his troops after the battle.

“That was an impressive display of tactics and prowess,” HRM Felix said. “You have made us so very proud. You have taken the field. Be sure to greet those across the field with honor.”

Today’s big battle: The flight of dragons through the gate.

As always, VIVAT, HOOBAH, WASSAIL and HUZZAH until Pennsic XXXVI to all the warriors and warrior watchers of the Known World.

Saturday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

Outlands 20th Anniversary Invitational Tournament

Their Majesties Bela and Claudia of The Outlands hosted a tournament celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Outlands’ founding. The only weapon allowed in the list was a great axe, so used because a great axe is the oldest piece of regalia used by the Outlands. Eight gentles participated in a round-robin tournament where each bout was best two of three fights.

In the end, The Honorable Lord Griffith of Barrowhaven from the Outlands won the tournament with a 6-1 record. He and all the other fighters were offered prizes for participating by Their Majesties.

PI Web Edition - Sunday, August 13, 2006

Book Review: The Thorned Rose

Reviewed by Peregrine Fairchylde

For the Pennsic Independent

To merely hold in your hands The Thorned Rose, the book of sonnets by Master Michael McPhe (called Alewright), is a delight. Hand-bound on fine paper, printed in a typeface that recalls its 16th century counterparts and decorated with bold block prints, the small volume of some 70 pages is a pleasure to behold.

Yet what lies within its covers is the truest treat, as Alewright’s poetry stands as testament to the wisdom of the Crown of Æthelmearc in elevating him to the Order of the Laurel.

Subtitled “A Booke of Sonnetes,” The Thorned Rose is dedicated primarily to the Shakespearean form (let’s review: 14 lines, rhymed ABAB CDCD EFEF GG), but departs from it occasionally to indulge the reader with variations on that style, as well as “sundrie pleasing posie and songs.” And these works are truly an indulgence for the reader, displaying a breadth of talent that ranges from formal sonnets to sparkling wit, humor and whimsy, and gratifying examples of applying the art to the spirit of the Society’s recreation of the Middle Ages with odes and memorial works reflecting the poet’s perception of significant events and persons.

Love, naturally, is the common thread among many of the poems, and Alewright approaches this universal virtue from many angles, sneaking up behind it at times, so the reader doesn’t have to suffer through Yet Another Sonnet About My Love. (That said, his own paean to his lady, Katherine Sinclaire, is unabashedly sentimental, yet sublime and not at all saccharine.)

Take, for example, “A lover complains of the coldnesse of his beloved.” Here Alewright, after a dozen lines of the narrator repudiating his lover, subtly lays his finger on the complexity of true affection when he resolves in the final couplet, “And yet, I know I cannot wander far/I am your slave, and you, my shining star.”

Alewright’s wit is perhaps best appreciated in the innuendo-laced poem, “In celebration of a marriage.” Here he simultaneously celebrates and satirizes marriage in verse; every line, taken at face value, would seem an essential truth of wedlock: “This pair, a sight to glorify the sun,/Become much more together than apart.” However, such lofty observations are rendered comic by the collective first letters of each line of the poem, which spell out, “A pregnant bride” – and are compounded by the new meanings that revelation applies to his choice of words like “berths,” “great labor,” “swells” and “deliver.” Even after several readings, the poem remains fresh and delightful.

Returning momentarily to the construction of the book itself, it is modeled after a type of volume that could be purchased in the late 16th century – and we know this because Alewright himself tells us, courtesy of a very informative pamphlet included with the book. The binding method uses a laced-in limp paper structure, with a strip of soft goatskin serving to hold the signatures (individual sections) together. The interior paper is a laid imprint, similar to what would have been used in the period, and the text and illustrations, as mentioned, selected to closely mimic what would have been used at the time, as well. For anyone who has ever wondered what good someone’s A&S project would ever lead to, here’s your answer: A handsome and desirable volume that serves to reinforce the illusion of the Middle Ages being recreated here at War and in our home groups.

The Thorned Rose is available in two forms: The hand-bound edition, which costs $35 for the first copy and $25 for the second, and an unbound version for $10. They may be purchased at the stave church of Master John the Artificer. Alewright has also brought his binding equipment to War and is willing to discuss the binding process with those who are interested; he may be found at his camp, the Black Legion, on Fosse Way between Brewers and Battle roads (N17).

Coffeehouse Rises from the Ashes

Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Editor for the Pennsic Independent

Since its debut as a coffeehouse at Pennsic XXXIII, Your Inner Vagabond has quickly become a highlight for many visitors, with its Middle Eastern ambiance, friendly atmosphere, and late hours. According to AJ and Andrew, the world-travelling couple behind YIV, the idea first emerged while they were merchanting during Pennsic XXXII in one of the bazaar spaces. They were set up as a lounge with their pillows and cushions, where they would brew mint tea for their guests. From that came the idea to expand into a full-service coffeehouse. Last year, they had to double in size because of popular demand.

Then the unexpected happened. On Mother’s Day of this year, the garage behind Andrew’s mother’s house where all the coffeehouse equipment and décor was stored was engulfed in flames when a tenant’s motorcycle caught fire.
Interestingly enough, according to AJ and Andrew, “it actually was a few days before we seriously considered not doing Pennsic. The thought just didn’t occur to us at first.” However, when they were unable to get into the garage to assess the damage for several days, they realized that it might not even be possible to replace everything in under three months. Luckily, when they were able to get into the ruins of the garage, they discovered that while only a few benches and some kitchen utensils survived from the coffeehouse itself, most of YIV’s online merchandise (cushions and pillows) was on the other side of the garage and was salvageable.

When news of the fire was posted on AJ and Andrew’s blog, the response was immediate. Over 1000 people visited their website the day after the news was posted, and the helpful and supportive e-mails flooded in. “Right away people wanted to help, and we quickly realized that, much as we hated to admit it, we needed the help,” said AJ and Andrew.

They decided to offer gift certificates to help raise money, and the local SCAdian community donated replacement equipement and helped out during a mid-June building weekend. And last year’s employees have helped them hire staff for this year. “Really, it’s the emotional support that meant more to us than anything. Buying a Gift Certificate didn’t just mean an influx of cash, it really showed us just how much people like YIV and that they believed in us enough to support our return,” said the couple. They added that they did not feel that rebuilding only enough to “make do” was fair to their customers, so they have “bit the bullet” and invested in upgraded equipment where possible to last the Coffeehouse for many years. “We tried to be judicious and realistic, but also do it right.”

If you’ve had a chance to stop by YIV at Pennsic this year, you’ve seen the results of several months of hard work. The atmosphere has returned, and the friendly service and good company seem to be there in abundance as well. Andrew noted on Friday that they had been quite pleased with the business, as well as the continuing expressions of support from the SCA community.

So, you can expect YIV to be a Pennsic fixture in years to come. As for AJ and Andrew, they hope to continue their vagabond lifestyle, perhaps with a visit to India. “Your Inner Vagabond doesn’t really want to settle down just yet. There’s still too big a world out there to not want to see more of it.”

Sunday Unclassifieds

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lost & Found

Reward if Found: Fabric Dragon is not in the merchant booklet this year, but is here somewhere! If found the rewards are special pricing on silk, linen, and wool threads, and other embroidery and beading supplies. Report finding immediately to: everyone

Lost - Kodak digital camera. Please return to L&F. We would really like the pictures of our kids back.

Will the gentle who bought a Pennsic DVD at Poison Pen Press on Friday please return it. We think it is defective.

Parties

Andrew MacRobb and his lady Damaris invite all friends to their handfasting on Tuesday, 8/16/06 at 5:00pm at Club Aed on Bye The Way. Dinner Afterwards!

To all Østrgardrians past, present, and future! Come to the 2nd Annual Østgardr Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am Monday, 8/14/06, in E04 Østgardr. Free pancakes for all, donations graciously accepted but not necessary.

Brendoken Citizens and Friends; join us at an Open House and Revel on 8/15 at Brendoken Baronial Camp N03. 7pm until whever. Bring chairs, please!

UNCLASSIFIEDS

For Sale

SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 26” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area,” “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others. Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Glass jewels with settings, silver jewelry, sculpture, masks, silks, portraits, and custom wood burning. - Cabochons #19

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Pennsic paid $12 per ounce - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000.00. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

Good Gentles......
How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24
HAIR CANVAS! 72” wide. $12/yd at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Bad Garb Old Maid cardgame- Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of limnes #24

Prithee touch the goat’s coat at Forba’s Yarns, Z-14

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.
Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

Take My Fabric! Antique satins, solids, some prints. $1/yd. See Moire at the Pennsic Independent.

Panther Pavilion 9’x16’ oval with 6’ walls & fly. See Padraig at Shire of Caer Adamant, N24.

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow street. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN & notions! Dragon’s Magic 25

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

Vellum - opaline vellum ( sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

General

Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am. Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.

The 11th Annual Bardic sponsored by House De Londres will be on Tuesday, August 14th at 10pm. Invitations available at De Londres Encampment X05. See Aluric.

Live journal fighter practice on Monday, August 14th, 2:30pm. Sir Ix-Aztecknight invites all those from livejournal.com to join him at the Gold list to meet all.

Weight loss surgery support group meeting. If you have had WLS or are thinking of WLS or wish to support those who have had WLS, come to Budgardr Camp in Block W09 (behind Enchanted Ground), Sunday 4pm.

Sign of the Black Rose Invites the Populace to Join Us In Offering Congratulations to their Artist-In-Residence the Lady S’Avant-Garde, for Her Recent Induction Into the OMICRON DELTA KAPPA National Leadership Honor Society for her work in a landmark program providing Mental Health Counseling to the Deaf. PooBah!

Message from Cabochons: Our address in the merchant booklet is incorrect. Contact us at tchipakkan@eternalviper.net, or Cabochonsgems@yahoo.com

Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16 2 - 4 pm at Æthelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!

Bard’s Haven will not hold sing for your supper this year but we be having Celtic bardic on Tues with all the usual gifts, prizes and a special feast.

LIBRARIANS! If you are looking for a position and have a sci/tech background, see Fiadnata or Phillip in Flaming Gryphon camp W07

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway. Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome
To all Æthelmearc Chatelaine who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaine’s meeting in Æthelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

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Hail House Nuin, St. Joan’s & Camp Rubber Ducky! War greetings to all! Wish we could be there with you but we ran into some delays on the town run. With much love. Rabhairt & Marja

Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday, 7:30pm - Bhakail, N11

Tahtib-Nahboot-Asa-Asaya! If you want these words to mean something to you, come to Mistress Su’ad & Baron Dinsdale’s Egyptian stick dance for men and women! Sunday, 2:30 to 5pm. Middle-eastern A&S tent.

Attention: Swamp Watch for X09, W18, W19, W20, W21, E24, E25, E27, E28, E29, E30 and E31. All camps in these areas are asked to offer support for this initiative. We will be ofering services including road lighting and an assistant service (Nauga Watch). We are seeking donations or loans of oil, manpower, torches, water, batteries, radios and other useful items. Please bring donations and volunteers to Three Swans at the corner of the Causeway and Myfan Way. Let’s keep Pennsic safe!

Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

Tirnewydd & friends! Wish we were there! Have fun, be safe! Marco & Michelina

Personals

TO Everyone: Go Tell Auntie Arwen (Auntie Arwen’s Spices) to drink more WATER. From Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. ™ Abra

Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.

Footloose & Fancy Free? A lady is looking for a gentleman with 45-60 years of life’s experiences to help her polish the brass. If interested contact: 330-347-6407.

Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Attention Known World - We would like to announce the marriage of Lord David de Londres and Lady Morgain of Lynn. I love you rivers and streams! David

Beware the yurt yakker! Protect your yurt! Evict drunks!

The Dog Days of Pennsic

Lady Kiltigern MacClibarn

Hound coursing returned again to Pennsic as a demo on Saturday morning. The coursing began with the Queens in attendance, Morgan of Rye, HRH Æthelmearc; Caia Snowdon, HRH An Tir, and Mary Rose of Burgandy, HRM Atenveldt leading the hounds to the coursing field. The hounds in attendance were three wolfhounds owned by local veterinarian Rozen Maureen O’Cu, a veteran courser and agility contestant and newcomer to the SCA; and two Greyhounds owned by the Æthelmearc Hound Mistress Katla Ulfhedinn. The power of the Irish Wolfhounds was confirmed by the two Queens trying to control one three legged Wolfhound, Erin.

The first dog to course was Valkyrie, a brindle greyhound. Released by Anna Ophelia Tarragon, HRM East, Valkyrie overran the course at the far end as her momentum carried her past the turn and she lost sight of the lure in the grass. The lure was rerouted past her so she could catch sight of it and chase it to the end.

Next up was Erin, a six year old Wolfhound who lost her front right leg to bone cancer in March; now that the cancer is in remission she is back to coursing. She was eager to run but was a bit slower than the greyhound. She was slipped by Tessa the Huntress, HRM Æthelmearc. At the end of her run Erin grabbed the lure happily to make sure it was “dead.” This is the hound’s reward for a job well done and gives them a reason to chase it each time.

Dublin was up next. He is the son of Erin, and was also the largest of the Irish Wolfhounds on site at approximately 40 inches and 135 pounds. Slipped by Moira O’Morchoe, he bounded happily around the course, never reaching his full stride. The 125 yard octagon course was too short for him to reach his top speed. He usually needs 100 yards straight to reach full stride, then room to keep running. So the Irish Wolfhounds were loping along in a bit of a silly manner that was a lot of fun to watch.

The last of the coursers was an Irish Wolfhound puppy, Liadhain – “Lia,” who is still in training. She was allowed to play with the lure before it was moved. At “Tally Ho” she ran immediately to play with Dublin. She was caught and led along the course by Asa Beiskalda, HRM Lochac, following the lure before being released. This time Lia followed it to the end without a problem to the cheers of the crowd.

Lia and Erin were put away to rest for the day as Valkyrie and Dublin took turns coursing a few more times. Claudia Lisabetta Senatori deFirenze, HRM Outlands, Caillin MacKenzie, HRH Calontir, and Mary Grace of Gatland, HRM Gleann Abhann each took a turn at releasing Valkyrie. Dublin was slipped by Xorazne Artzruni, HRM Calontir.

However Erin was so eager to run that her owner gave in and let her course one more time. Mary of Carrigant, HRM Northshield slipped Erin, who ran along smoothly and bit the bag at the end to the laughter and cheers of the crowd.

Also in attendance was the greyhound Txikurra (pronounced Secoura) who is a retired SCA courser at age eight because of a pulled hamstring and some old age related ailments. She still enjoys the attention and atmosphere of events.

All dogs are welcome to join in SCA canine activities; however due to the limited access allowed to the dogs at Pennsic, only local dogs were in attendance and these happened to all be hounds. All dogs are checked before and after coursing for injuries. Dewclaw injuries and rope burns caused by the lure rope are the most common injuries incurred. Taping a dog’s leg can help protect them from injury.

Æthelmearc has included in their canine activites tunnel work for terriers using portable tunnels and would like to start agility coursing using natural-looking obstacles. They are also offering dog classes this year: Viking dogs, Then and Now, taught by Katla Ulfhedinn; Pooffy Dogs: Lap dogs in History, by Ashraf, and a Known World Canine Meeting led by Katla Ulfhedinn.

PI Web Edition - Thursday, August 17, 2006

Shake Your Blue Feather

By Ursula the Widow

For the Pennsic Independent

Merriment filled the dance pavilion Tuesday night as the Blue Feather Ball returned to Pennsic.

Originally a gathering of Clan Blue Feather, the ball has grown and now welcomes all manner of folk. Joshua the Imperfect said, “We get GLBT people, straights, and families. We have people here who’ve been coming to Pennsic since Pennsic IV.”

Clan Blue Feather is an inclusive group. “A member is anyone who says they are a member. We have no chieftain,” Joshua said. The clan started 18 years ago and “has always been a place for everyone to feel welcome.”

Master Phillip White of Ansteorra taught dance prep classes before the event. He was a model of how to enjoy the evening, dancing with grace and verve.

Those who went in search of oddity would have been somewhat disappointed; the majority of those present were tastefully garbed gentles performing period dance. Several wore baronial coronets.

The ordinary conventions of dance calling were used; one member of each couple was designated the lady and the other the gentleman. Both same-sex and mixed-sex couples enjoyed the dancing.

THL Adele Defontaines expressed pleasure that the amount of dancing at the ball had grown since the establishment of the Dance Pavilion. She praised the dance floor and noted the amount of work that had gone into creating and maintaining it.

The household of Caer Cynin decided to attend in coordinated garb. All the gentlemen wore parti-colored black and white, some with red accents. As a group, they appeared elegant.

Other costumes were less restrained. A shirtless gentleman wore a pleated kiltlike garment of silver brocade with Road Runner trim at the waist and a mesh umbrella hat. Lord Quincy was dressed as a Pharaoh. The eyeliner, bare chest and bright jewels of the outfit suited his slender youth.

A graceful young lady in Gothic black corset, ruffled skirt and off-the-shoulder lace blouse who would have been welcome at any party watched as a poised damsel in a blue taffeta gown and leather mask ornamented with peacock feathers sailed past.

Belly dancing outfits and thigh high boots were to be seen, though thankfully not on the same individual. Each participant appeared to have put much thought and care into his or her attire.

Prizes donated by Pennsic merchants were awarded to ten “people who had wonderful garb,” Joshua said. “Our motto has always been, ‘Don’t wear your best garb; wear the garb that makes you look your best.’”

Some of the “Australian Six Pack” served at the feast. These gentlemen of Lochac were auctioned at Vlad’s and bought by Clan Blue Feather.

Two of them acted as serving wenches, two were breakdown crew after the ball, and the remaining two were expected to don loincloths and move a pile of firewood from one location in Blue Feather camp to another.

Lord Andreas Reinhardt, a member of the Six Pack, poured drinks at the ball in the Viking luau outfit he had worn to an earlier party.

Unclassifieds - Thursday, August 17, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Events Open to All

Reform Jewish Shabat service behind Silver Dragon Co., #11 Bow Street. 7pm Friday.

Known World Choir Concert - Thursday - Performing Arts Pavilion - Be there - You know you want to! Don’t miss this wonderful performing ensemble. Renaissance music of Spain! Not to be missed.

Memorials

The Pennsic Tribute Ship WILL sail! On Friday full dark, come to water’s edge at the foot of W18 within sight of flushies.

Parties

Colbert Freehold & Triskele Legion invite you to Roseland’s party! E-11 at dusk thirty! Good gentles bring a rock the size of your head. (Size matters)

UNCLASSIFIEDS

General

Message from Cabochons: Our address in the merchant booklet is incorrect. Contact us at tchipakkan@eternalviper.net, or Cabochonsgems@yahoo.com

Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!

Disability Guild www.health.yahoo.groups.com/AIs

LIBRARIANS! If you are looking for a position and have a sci/tech background, see Fiadnata or Phillip in Flaming Gryphon camp W07

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome

To all Æthelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaines meeting in Æthelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

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Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SEWING HINT: fabric stashes are neither illegal, immoral nor fattening!

Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.

Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion group at the Haunted Bookshop #63, 4-5pm. M,W,F

O Yea! O Yea! Be it known that on August 18 at 3pm on Horde Hill (E10), during informal family court, I, Siobhan O’Neill, in the presence of King Felix, Queen Madelina, Great Khan Rowena, my Brothers and all who wish to attend, will re-affirm my vows of Fealty. This is in observance of my Silver Anniversary of becoming a Member of the Order of the Laurel, being an appropriate time for reflection and renewal.

Chainmail shirts from $100, riveted shirts from $225. Coifs, Gamails, Aventgills too, all at Highland Arms Booth 200

SQUIRE CART for rent for handicapped or pampering someone. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space #26

Remember your urchins. They are working hard to bring you the Pennsic news daily.

A CHALLENGE! The following are called to the field of honor on Thursday, 17th August at 5:00pm or Friday, 18th August at 11:00am. Lady Rosalind de La Mere, Lord Christopher Maccan Conaing, Lord Connor Livingstone, Baron Marcellus, Cappoozello Di Napoli, Lord Giacomo Vincente, Master Alan Gravesend, Master Roland de Mountenay. This challenge is issued by Tiernen and Wystric of Windmaster’s Hill. Meet us at the rapier Marshal’s Tent on the Battlefield.

To the Markland Army: May Sun and Moon smile upon you and gentle winds blow through the days!! Have fun! Praise Marklar!! Sir Brigit

Hi-Res photos of the Children’s Water Battle will be available at no cost about a week after war - Compliments of Shadowclans http://www.shadowclans.org

Clean, dry cardboard boxes. FREE! Pick up at Pennsic Independent office.

ATTENTION ALL ØSTGARDRIANS PAST AND PRESENT, The Viceroy and Vicereine of the Crown Province of Østgardr, desiring to complete the rolls of all members of the Order of the Seahorse and the rolls of the Champions of Østbardr, from the founding of said honors unto the present day, do hereby call upon all holders of said honors, past and present, or any persons knowing of such service, to make themselves known to the Viceroy and Vicereine at Østgardr encampment (E04) at this the XXXV Pennsic War, or to contact Lady Brithwen De Bores Hulla, Seneschal of Østgardr, at Østgardr encampment or at Brithwen@yahoo.com, upon their returning home.

Do you travel retail? Go wholesale and save!! Plus get 30 free vacations! Call and mention P35 for discount 724-561-7769. Enjoy your mundane life now! Dealers also needed. Call for inforamation at 724-561-7769 $$$$

Slyme’s story continues-Burtsting into the castle, our hero is greeted by harpies with sharp sticks. Each declares some part of him unfit: his clothes, his odor, or his pelt. In turn, he brandishes the blowdryer of doom, the deodorant of Vanilla, and the garment rack of matched outfits. Declared fit, but peculiar, he advances to his love, reclining on the love seat. In dulcet tones she says to him,”Is this a game? Will this end well?” He whimpers. Fade to black.

People of Pennsic, Do you fear Pirate raids on your camp? Invest in Pirate protection. Be safe on Pirate night. Contact Cpt. Krunch at Pentwyuern invest now. Invest soon. It’s cheaper this way, but less fun. Will pick up payment in person Thurs. after 8pm.

Put Some Clothes On!.....This Ain’t Gore!

The League of Rapier Academies (LORA) met on Tuesday evening, August 14. Shortly after Pennsic the chancellor will post meeting minutes on ek-cording yahoo and other Eastern fencing email forums.

There will be a LORA fencing tourney Thursday, August 16th at 4pm following rapier champions. See Captain Jean-Paul Justin Casse for tournament details.

The League of Rapier Academies welcomes your interest and membership.

Palita apologizes for being unable to teach her Wed. Beginners belly dance II, if you miss today’s class, she can email you the handout. Contact information: dance@materialis.com or www.pacita.materialist.com

Capt. Elias Gedney wishes to thank everyone who came to his classes this year.

ALL HAIL THE MUD QUEEN!

The Ottoman embroidery books you picked up - return them or come back and pay for them!

WEAVING CLASSES: Thursday - 10am (Inkle); 2pm (Card); 5pm (Inkle). Friday - 10am (Card); 2pm (Lucet); 5m (Inkle); 8pm (Inkle); see Pine Box Traders space 126

East Kingdom Soothsayers Guild meeting rescheduled Thursday, 7pm at Cabochons; 19 Bow St. All welcome!

Master Tristan Alexander invites all scribes to an illumination round table in his camp, next to the playground on Friday the 18th at 3pm. Please bring a matt or chair to sit on.

Alas, fine citizens of Confed, an exceptionally discourteous act was displayed by an unnamed lady of your camp. Justice demands acts of contrition be personally made by the offender. Regretfully, Rescue Ranger Punch will no longer be offered to citizens of Confed until honor is restored to the most filthy Azziz.

Wrolf, my moon my stars my universe. Happy Anniversary. May the fates grant us many many more. I love you. My forever Love - Aibell

Relive Agincourt 10/21/06 in the BMDL. Email: medicmacintyre1521@yahoo.com

Filkers! I seek war-related songs set to tune of musicals! Contact Shlomo after war. Richardm@ohiohills.com

Lost & Found

REWARD for return of knife lost in Market. Wood/brass handle, blade marked ANGELSWORD. Claim REWARD @ Lusty Wench, E17, Hill Road & Good Intentions

MISSING CROSSBOW Mistakenly removed from the Black Talon battlefield tent during the town battle. Reward Pending. Honey coloured tiger oak, small round brass medallion with “S” Almost no metal showing. Thank you to all who are looking for it on my behalf. Cat of Black Talon.

Red feathers, 3 taped with red tape. Gerrard the Toymaker misses them. Please return to W09.

LOST: brown velvet cloak black fur collar, beaded circle of Celtic knot work attached. Return to Shadow Clan.

For Sale

TherionArms - world antique and fine reproduction arms & armor - http://www.therionarms.com

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Glass jewels with settings, silver jewelry, sculpture, masks, silks, portraits, and custom wood burning. - Cabochons #19

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of limnes #24

FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16’ X 26’ round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000.00. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewelry. Custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC ! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

Vellum - - opaline vellum ( sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. THe Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

From sheep and goats and the noble worm, ply your needle with Forba’s Yarns, Z-14

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.

Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.

Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow treet. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 36” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6

Jewelry repair Bazaar $10 each add hour $6 Cornpick

Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow Street tailormade@mindspring.com

Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.

FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN & notions! Dragon’s Magic 25

Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraighs Alehouse. Ask for Pente (Wookie)

For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full sz STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ stormvale BTM W08

The Book Lady may not be back next year. Inventory reduction sale now in progress. Including; Jewelery and Crystals. In space 185 with Auntie Arwen.

Knilling 10KF Violin outfit - brand new, never used includes case, bow, rosin, pitchpipe. 4’ fine tuners. Retail valu $1500 - yours for $995/or best offer ask for Eiric at Camp Spartii - N15.

HAIR CANVAS! 72” wide. $12/yd at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

CLEARANCE on Period Pavilions®: We’re overstocked on gently used Period Pavilions®, and we have no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings.” Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Mediaeval Miscellania

2’ x 2’ x 1/2” stainless 304 steel plate. See Dunchadh; Barony of Andelcrag, N07

FOR SALE: Propane fridge. Needs coolant refill, but otherwise in great condition. Only used for 12 weeks total (6 Pennsics). Was $1400 new, asking $700 or best offer. Camp Testosterone, N31 (large white bear gates). Ask for Berus.

Set of 4 antique goblets make offer. Hedgehogs E23

Yurt for sale. 15 foot round. See it on E-18, Camp Greenwood. It must go on Friday. Make an offer! Best offer takes it. Ask for Luther.

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area,” “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

Tatami stand, mats, sharpening kits and mushiro swords at Highland Arms Booth #200

Master Kenhelm is proud to announce he is offering clothing: semi-custom and custom fittings by Argent Needle. Hand-finished men’s tunics. Custom-fitted late 14th/early 15th dresses and fittings, hoods, purses, silk veils. See Maitresses Muriel de Chimay and Marcele de Montsegur and see what Argent Needle has to offer.

Got Bust? Get a custom fitting from the cottesimple.com tailor! Space #93 ask for Marcele or Tasha.

HARP: 31/2 octave wirestrung believed made by Jay WITCHER. NEW PRICE about $3000. Asking $1000. See Deirdre at Southwind N-30.

Armour Pieces: As a set or sold individually... articulated stainless knee’s, mild helmet, stainless arm cops, leather/stainless gorget $225 OBO Please call 443-282-6156 or ask for Melusine at Shire of Eisental

Pendragon ladies bodice leather/suede green black. See Feithline at Castle Bruin Camping block X07 Best Offer.

BOWED PSALTERY for sale - Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Pavilions for sale: 16x21, $1000. 12x18, $900. 9x12, $500 all with ropes, poles and stakes. See Eleanor at space 181 - Blue Unicorn

Collection of antiques for sale. Sumerian Egyptian, Persian on display at Historical Glass, Booth #160.

For Sale: 14’ Yurt. use but in good to great condition. $600 and it is yours. See Bosk at Band of the Red Hand camp in E18.

Ltd. Edition cigar boxes & metal signs. House of the Flying Monkey - E01 $10-$40 see Cat. All negotiable.

Madness!! Day and night cloaks and 16th C. Spanish surcoats 10% off! Orders included - some gowns also. Misty Tower. Space 26.

Materialis - space 07 on Row st. - Unique Trimmings, custom jewelry, ME dance accessories and clothing, Elizabethan ruff sets, and did I mention the Trim?

Midnight is past, but madness continues! $5 off all skirts & jewelry, every 11th yard of trim is free. The bargain bin of DOOM is back! Materialis

Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits available once again at Dancing Pig Pottery on Bow Street. Flavors for the Celtic holidays! Brews in 7 to 14 days in a gallon bottle of water. Email sherry@fergesen.com for notes when www.ambrosiafarm.com goes live this fall!!!

For Sale: Panther Spoke Wheel 12’. Used once, new condition. $1,000 obo. Akero Thunder E17, very nice tent!

Help Wanted

Desperately Needed: Burly guy with organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent this coming Saturday and Sunday. Please inquire at the PI Office.

Seeking Female Assistant! Full time until Thanksgiving. All travel expenses paid. Must be willing to work long hours. Good people skills will help. See Isabell at Merchant space #136 for more details.

Personals

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. § Abra

Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

TIR THALOR!!!! - G&A (and kid)

Will someone please make sure The Entropy Twins are not having TOO much fun? Thank you, Lady Kytte Wynpeny (the blonde wife)

HARALD ORN of House Gonnedamn: We miss you here. Have a good time, and don’t do anything you’ll be afraid to tell us later. We love you. Don’t forget about Mystic Mail.

Colleen, I miss you here at home. I love you. Brimstone

ATTN Darostur : Have fun at war - drink lots of fluids - feed the flamingos - Enjoy the Ghetto party! signed House of Fox

Happy Second Anniversary my crispy Latke. Love, Jacob

Thursday August 17th 9pm to 11pm Come to the Official Pennsic Speed Bump for The Hasta La Bye Bye party for Pete and Sully of Maiden Mongolia. Stop by and wish them well. For health reasons this is their last Pennsic. On Market Street outside booth 72. BYOB

Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.

Aurora, Tsivia, Asa, Gwerydd, Beatrice: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! Our webs are hopelessly tangled! What shall we do?!? -- Brains

Josef: Will you marry me again? I love you! - Your Wif.

Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!

Thank you St. Lawrence for favours granted - A Carolingian

ROE ADAMS, KEITH DREW or anyone who knows them - please contact Coryn at Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Seeking tree (to climb). Are you on site? If so, please come visit - top of the hill. - C

William T. Wilde is at N30 across from the big castle. Looking for Ann & John Krone and family. Lady Behbin Stephanie are you here? I miss my old Indiana friends from Greyhope! My phone is (941)493-2803.

Bowbreaker, my love, I am so happy thtat your first Pennsic is with me. - Yours always, Ysabel

Mistress Catherine Applebee of Calontir was involved in a serious auto accident in Phoenix on Memorial Day. She has only recently returned home and still faces many months of rehabilitation but her progress has been good. We of Calontir seek aid from the Known World to help cover the long-term costs. Donations will be accepted at Please Touch Pottery, Calontir Trim, Ash and Griffin Pottery, Tomes and Tunes, and Wolfram’s Wondrous Wares as well as the Calontir Royal Pavilion.

Your Majesty Maryrose, the ransom has yet to be paid. I begin to grow concerned. Skorri

Hroar to Huette - I look forward to 50 year of joy with you Love X a billion.

Happy Birthday to Kashka of House Grylion from the Barony of Flaming Gryphon - We love you!!

Norseland - Hope your Pennsic is wonderful. Hugs & Love from those you left behind! :)

Master Hroar Stormganger is departing the Midrealm for Caid in two weeks. Please visit at booth 66.

Happy Anniversary to Yiyi and Kylo, ffrom the Great Sea Wizards.

Congratulations to Black Talon for 15 great years of brother/sisterhood on the field and off.

Octavia Columella, my tent and my heart have been empty without you. Welcome back to Pennsic.

Edward who is called Edward. Welcome to your first Pennsic. Gaudeamus Igitur

Michelle Hartz Coutts - Contact Smoke and Fire Co. Immediately! Please! Donlyn Meyers, owner.

Bright Hills and Friends: Mike and Elizabeth Schechter have had a baby boy, Jacob Anthony, Tue am.

Foscadh (FOS-Midrealm) Congratulations! You have now fought in ALL 35 Pennsic Wars!!!

I’m OW you’re OW we’re all OW! I love you, Christina-KH

If you hear this war cry you must be on the hill...BOOBIES!!!

O ye of Pennsic by Night renown. There is beauty to be captured. Let us meet. Aoife, Eoforwic, W08

Sir Gullaume - There is only so much absurdity that two people create. We need the respectable member of our trinity back. Signed, Og and Master Red.

Crys, having a ball (thanks to you!) love you sweetie! your lady, Heather

Maggie - so glad the last 10 years meant so much. Who are you? Fergus

Alaine, you are the Baroness of my heart. All my love, AB

Maggie - Who are you? - Fergus’ Wife

Cadets - Good job in that “Fool” battle! - AB

Who my lady is now none shall know, and it shall be the secret of my heart.The things abound that keep us far apart and fill my empty hours with naught but woe. Oh, Lacrime, as bitter my tears flow as I wait on her hour that will impart some spark of joy whose fire may never start to warm our days with love’s sweet gentle glow. My heart is yours, though spurned my love may be for who shall ever end your wanderings ways and give you haven when your heart shall roam? I cannot cage my love, who must be free to chase her dreams across sweet endless days, yet I may wish my heart could be her home. -- Carlos Zauberbergius

Amber is the jewel of my heart, honey gold, warm. She captures me, preserved forever, my love.

We love and miss you terribly Duchess Luna. Your Northern Ravens

Maggie - We need to talk. - Fergus’ Mistress

Sir Ow - you have fought well and my honor stands intact. I love you always - T

Red hatter looking for other Red Hat Society. Katerina Hereksdottir, Norseland E23

Amon Lor, my thanks for your company. - Fiona

Wanted to Buy

Quahog shell, do you have it? Can you get it? Bring it to Serpent’s Eye, #85 Street of Gold to trade.

Wednesday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

Allied Champions Battle

After seven War Points: East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 2

One of the most intense combats every year at Pennsic is the Allied Champions’ battle and this year proved no different. This year’s battle was fought over two banners. If one side could seize the other side’s banners and return it to its own side, it would earn a point. The first army to score seven points would win the battle and the war point. Also, fighters were allowed to resurrect only in two or four minute intervals.

About 100 allied champions lined up on each side of the field and charged into each other at the sound of the cannon. In the first 17 minutes of fighting, the two sides traded points, but the Tyger’s allies then took over. Although the East’s allies had one point disallowed for failure to show the banner, the East scored the final five points. Twice the East’s allies timed their attack perfectly so they seized the banner just before the Midrealm allies resurrected and then made Barry Sanders-type runs back to their own side. One time, however, the East tried this trick only to have the fighter with the banner ran down by half of the Midrealm allies.

The end came at the 40:26 mark when fighters from Northshield seized the banner, weaved through traffic and scored the decisive point. The East’s allies won 5-2, giving the Tyger the War Point and, combined with the results from the archery champions the previous evening, a 5-2 lead in the war.

Known World Tourney

TRMs East and Midrealm jointly hosted the Known World Tournament Wednesday afternoon. HRM Brion said he thought it was vital for the two kingdoms to meet on the field, not only in great battle, but also in deeds of arms. To that end, Their Majesties held a tournament with four weapons styles: greatsword, polearm, single sword and sword and shield. The winner in each weapons style would then meet to determine the champion of the day.

The dominant figure on the list this day was Duke Edmund of Hertford of the Midrealm, who won both the single sword and polearm lists and made the finals in the greatsword list before losing to Duke Gregor Von Heisler of the East. In the sword and shield list, Sahcha of Darkmoon from the Midrealm was victorious.

Duke Edmund earned a bye in the semifinals, while Sahcha bested Duke Gregor with the sword and shield. In the finals, Duke Edmund sealed his victory, besting Sahcha with mace and shield. All three list winners were presented scrolls by Their Majesties.

Æthelmearc defends its house, wins castle

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

For the first time in recent memory, the armies of the East and Midrealm united against a common foe. The two belligerent nations joined forces to storm the Pennsic Fort against the forces of Æthelmearc, which were determined to hold defend their home turf in the Castle Battle.

According to HRM Malcolm of Æthelmearc, his Kingdom had secured aid from Atlantia, Clovenshield, Black Talon and others to help defend the castle. Æthelmearc also got a big boost as the Tuchux sided with the Æthelmearcians for the battle.

Per rules of the battle, Æthelmearc was allowed to post a force of 200 fighters outside its gates, who were allowed one resurrection upon returning to the castle. Forces inside the castle and the entire attacking force were not allowed to resurrect.

At the sound of the cannon, the first five minutes of the fight were spent with both sides sniping at each other with ballista, arrow and trebuchet fire. Leonard One Leg, an archer in Duchy Von Drachenklaue who uses a motor scooter, fired one of the first volleys. Leonard’s volley was greeted with cheers from both sides.

After a few minutes, House Bloodguard took the initiative and charged up the west bridge. The bulk of the attacking force soon followed and, after a few minutes fighting, Æthelmearc’s outer defenses were overrun.

Cracking the main gate and western sally point proved much more difficult. Entrenched forces from Æthelmearc held their positions well for most of the battle, despite constant fire and repeated charges.

With the Tuchux in central reserve, Æthelmearc’s position appeared solid. The Tuchux had to commit one of their units to contain a small breakout at the sally point and a second one to contain a final rush on the gate. Once those charges were contained, however, HRM Malcolm ordered his forces to shift from defense to offense.

“It was just a gut feeling,” HRM Malcolm said, with a smile. “It was just time to close the door.”

Æthelmearc’s remaining forces poured through the main gate and proceeded to sweep over any remaining enemy forces. The end came when the final force of the Spartans holding at the sally point were eliminated.

“We wanted to make them work on the outside,” HRM Malcolm said of his opponents. “Once they got inside, we wanted them to come to us. They were very, very intelligent in the way they fought. It was just a matter of them not having enough to get past us.”

HRM Brion of the East said he was also satisfied with the battle.

“Our intent was to create a realistic castle battle and I think we accomplished that,” HRM Brion said. “To me, it played out just perfect. It went the way of Æthelmearc because they fought very well. We just didn’t have the guys to pull through.”

Today’s big battle: The Field Battle

It’s time for the main event. This year there will be two open field battles, the second of which will allow for combat archery. Each battle is worth one War Point and both will be fought to the last man standing.

What to watch for: The first charge. It’s difficult not to be inspired by the spectacle of more than 1,000 warriors crashing headlong into each other for glory and kingdom.

PI Web Edition - Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Monday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

Unbelted Champions Battle

The annual unbelted champions brawl was a best of three fights affair this year, which was fought on the west side of the battlefield. Cheering crowds from both the Midrealm and the East made for a noisy backdrop.

In each fight, the Midrealm champions attacked from the south and the East champions attacked from the north. The first fight saw both units split at the outset and break off in the small engagements. The East’s forces were able to slowly overwhelm the Dragon and the East won the first fight.

The Dragon’s supporters roared their encouragement to the their troops for the second fight and its champions responded. The bulk of the Midrealm force stayed compact in the center and bulldozed through the heart of the Eastern forces. With the Tyger forces scattered, the Midrealm stayed together and hunted down the remnants to win the second fight.

With the atmosphere at fever pitch for the third fight, the two forces met again and barreled into each other like demons. However, it was the East who seemed to get the better of the initial charge and slowly ground down the Dragon’s forced to win the fight and the War Point for the Tyger.

Both HRM Felix and HRM Brion both complimented the fighters for a well-fought battle. In keeping with tradition, the Midrealm’s unbelted captain presented HRM Brion with a sword to be held until next year’s battle.

Sir TJ’s 30th Anniversary Polearm Tournament

Sir Tojeneraum of Atlantia hosted a polearm-only tournament in honor of his 30th anniversary of being knighted at Pennsic V. Fifteen fighters joined in the double elimination tournament, which was fought using Atlantian conventions for polearm.

The finals of the tournament was fought between a pair of Atlantians as Sir Vladimir Ivanovich Aleksandrov faced Lord Philip ap Griffith. Sir Vladimir best Lord Philip in two straight fights to claim his second victory in a polearm tournament this war.

Ninth A&S Exhibition Displays Wonders of the Known World

By Ursula the Widow

For the Pennsic Independent

On Monday morning, the Barn was filled with 200 artisans and the products of their inspiration. Baroness Catriona MacDuff of the East Kingdom organized the Pennsic A&S Exhibition for the ninth consecutive year.

A stunning variety of cultural riches met the eye. The fiber arts were heavily represented in all possible forms, including sewing, knitting and naalbinding, lace making, embroidery, spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Wood and metal work, jewelry, and musical instruments represented the crafts of the hand. Scribes, illuminators and cartographers showed their scrolls and drawings. Poems and plays, wines and meads, and song appeared.

The event is a display, not a competition, and there is no requirement to be a Laurel or apprentice to take part, although many did. The organizers encourage all to display the products of their talents. “We’re very grateful that the artists of the Known World come and display because the stuff is incredible,” Baroness Catriona said. “It’s very special that the medieval arts are not being lost.”

She also expressed great appreciation for her technical crew, who had arisen at 5:30 in order t6o have the Barn set up and ready for the exhibitors.

Highlights:

Mistress Nerak la Tisserande, O.L., of Meridies displayed a range of garments including three knitted full-length cotehardies. Although she cannot document knitted full garments, she maintains the lack of evidence comes from garments being raveled and the wool reused. She got the inspiration when an ice storm befell during an Ansteorra event. The use of knitting rather than weaving creates a much warmer, softer fabric from the same weight wool. Mistress Nerak’s gowns use a Fair Isle stranding technique and are strikingly beautiful with their patterns and colors.

More familiar-looking but equally exquisite were the matching Spanish riding habits, circa 1575, worn by Her Excellency Mistress Jalali of Salamis , O.L. and Lord Thomas de Latham of Ansteorra. Gwynhyfar, Mistress Jalali’s apprentice, created the rust and gold ensembles, ornamented with pearls, for the couple to wear during their SCA equestrian activities.

Duke Cariadoc of the Bow presented several stages of construction of a Merovingian lyre based upon the initial reports of the Trossigen find, the only lyre of that period extant.

Jehannic de Bordeu’s specimens of the brewer’s art included a rose hip wine, a dry still cider in the English style, and pyment, which she described as “a cross between wine and mead.” It is fermented from both honey and grapes.

Lord Guy Lourance, of the East, showed his maps of the Known World. He created two large world maps, one after the style of the Catalan Atlas in blue, red, black and white, and the other a Ptomlemaic map in black and white.

Tyger captures spoils from the Town

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

After three War Points: East Tygers 2.5, Midrealm Dragons .5

The Great Armies of the Midrealm and East met for the first time this Pennsic on a perfect summer morning for the Town Battle.

This new grand melee was staged inside an elaborate structure of hay bales. The object of the battle was to acquire points either by capturing buildings, capturing relics and bringing them to their respective “temples” or by taking a large town relic to a “ship” a the northwest edge of the battlefield.

The Midrealm army entered the town from the south side and the Dragon’s forces got a boost when the Tuchux marched into their camp to start the battle. The Tuchux began the battle by entering the southwest entrance, along with forces from Ealdormere, Trimaris, other allied Kingdoms and the Free Company of Ironlance. The bulk of the Midrealm Army, spearheaded by the Darkyard Legion entered via the south entrance, along with elements of the Great Dark Horde. Also, the Dragon entrusted to the two “sally” points outside the town to Outlands, Calontir and Horde. Several Horde ballistae kept the sally point under fire.

The East entered the town from the eastern side. House Bloodguard spearheaded the East’s charge through the main east gate along with Æthelmearc and bulk of the East’s Southern and Central armies. At the northeast gate, Duchy Von DrachenKlaue spearheaded the charge with Atlantia and the Northern Army joining the fray. HRM Brion entrusted his allies with the sally points and later lauded their efforts.

The East got a bit of a jump on the Midrealm forces as the opening cannon sounded. The East’s main barreled straight through the center of the town, while the Midrealm forces were able to push along the southern flanks. The two corner forces met at the entrance to the ship’s dock, although the East’s force slowly pushed south throughout the battle.

According to the marshals, both Armies were able to seize their town relics — a Colossus foot for the Midrealm and a keg for the East. — but neither was able to get it to the ship.

Meanwhile, the battle developed into a long, diagonal line for most of its duration, though the lines slowly shifted as the East pushed south along the west flank and the Midrealm pushed north along the east flank.

After a general hold was called when one gentle had to be carted off the field, the East was able to send a late charge barreling in to the Midrealm’s southeast flank. The Tyger warriors nearly were on top of the south gate before a furious Midrealm countercharge pushed them back.

In the middle of that charge, however, the final cannon sounded. Although there was some cofusion about the final point count, the East emerged as the clear winner of the War Point, having captured most of the buildings and having put two relics in its temple.

HRM Brion was delighted with the efforts of this army.

“I think they preformed extremely well,” HRM Brion said. “Atlantia and Æthelmearc drew up a great plan and executed it well with Atlantia going over the top. I think the Midrealm fought very well. I saw some very good, hard fighting in this battle.”

HRM Felix also assembled his troops after the battle.

“I am very proud of you all,” HRM Felix told his troops. “We fought hard and we fought fairly.”

Today’s Big Battle: The Woods Battle

The only battle that traces its origin back to Pennsic I, the brawl in the forest will be two, one-hour resurrection battles this year fought over five banners.

What to watch for: Not much. Since non-combatants are forbidden from entering the woods, it’s tough to watch this battle. However, anyone who helps the water bearers at the resurrection points will be appreciated.

Unclassifieds - Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Events Open to All

Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am. Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.

The 11th Annual Bardic sponsored by House De Londres will be on Tuesday, August 14th at 10pm. Invitations available at De Londres Encampment X05. See Aluric.

North Star Armory #103 Viking necklace class Wed., 10am. $6 w/supplies. Other classes daily, 3pm.

Weaving classes Tuesday: 8am Inkle, 8pm Card, Wednesday: 8am Inkle, 11am, Card, 2pm Inkle, 5pm Lucet, 8pm Inkle. See Pine Box Traders, space 126. Instructor: Egil the Loomwright

Known World Choir Concert - Thursday - Performing Arts Pavilion - Be there - You know you want to! Don’t miss this wonderful performing ensemble. Renaissance music of Spain! Not to be missed.

PRAISE ELVIS! The Feast of Saint Elvis has ascended! Come hear the Sermon on the Mount (Eislinn). Gather outside our old campsite at 7:30 for processional to the new home of the Sisters of the Blue Suede Mercy, B05 (Camp Fandamily). Hourly sermons, singing of the mass Elvis’ choir and many other expressions of devotion to Him.

Greatsword Prize Tourney, Tuesday, August 15, 3:30, Blue List. Memorial Tourney is for Thorkell of Neville’s Cross. Prizes include: barbuta helm, jewelry and more.

Lost & Found

Reward if Found: Fabric Dragon is not in the merchant booklet this year, but is here somewhere! If found the rewards are special pricing on silk, linen, and wool threads, and other embroidery and beading supplies. Report finding immediately to: everyone

Will the gentle who bought a Pennsic DVD and Poison Pen Press on Friday please return it. We think it is defective.

Stolen: Three tent finials from merchant Sunara Clothing #142. 2’ red spool topped with Amidala, Yoda and Jack (in a box). Return to Lost & Found or Sunara.

LOST: Von Roessler Laurel/Pelican medallion. If found, Please return to Vair & Ermine, Battle Road. Thanks

Parties

Brendoken Citizens and Friends; join us at an Open House and Revel on 8/15 at Brendoken Baronial Camp N03. 7pm until whever. Bring chairs, please!

House Three Skulls invites you to “Nautical Naughtiness” Tuesday night at DarkThirty in W07. Come party with “Those People.”

Andrew MacRobb and his lady Damaris invite all friends to their handfasting on Tuesday, 8/16/06 at 5:00pm at Club Aed on Bye The Way. Dinner Afterwards!

PIRATE SLUMBER PARTY! Tonight at RAVENSPITTLE! Pretty Pretty Princess, Mall Madness and Dream Phone Marathons with PRIZES for WINNERS! DarkThirty; food and drink provided! Bring sleep gear!

UNCLASSIFIEDS

General

Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!

Parents of Teenagers - are your children hanging out at the showers, acting lewdly and swearing in front of small children? Perhaps you should remind them of proper courtesy.

The ruling line of succession of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc is comprised of usurpers! It will soon be time for the right and true king to return from exile!

Message from Cabochons: Our address in the merchant booklet is incorrect. Contact us at tchipakkan@eternalviper.net, or Cabochonsgems@yahoo.com

Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16 2 - 4 pm at Æthelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!

Disability Guild www.health.yahoo.groups.com/AIs

Bard’s Haven will not hold sing for your supper this year but we be having Celtic bardic on Tues with all the usual gifts, prizes and a special feast.

LIBRARIANS! If you are looking for a position and have a sci/tech background, see Fiadnata or Phillip in Flaming Gryphon camp W07

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome

To all Æthelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaines’ meeting in Æthelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

PNZ LOO ZLQ WKH ZDU EUB QHB QLL

Hail House Nuin, St. Joan’s & Camp Rubber Ducky! War greetings to all! Wish we could be there with you but we ran into some delays on the town run. With much love. Rabhairt & Marja

Rescue Ranger Reading Refuge--Need a rest from revelry? Visit our library of diverting tomes! Open daily 3 to 5 FREE! Wyrmwood Forest, E21. Got books?

Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

O Thief who stole a black velveteen cloak from Misty Tower: May your deed rebound upon you 3-fold.

SEWING HINT: to keep shears sharp, hide them under your mattress. DM25

Mary Woolridge - Please return to Booth 39. We gave you the wrong turtle brooches. Yours are waiting.

Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.

Darwin Awards Book Signing! Author Wendy Northcutt will be signing books and taking SCAdian related submissions. WHEN? Wednesday, 1pm. WHERE: Tomes & Tunes Space #51 on Broadway. Hardback books available! Discount for Pennsic: $12.00

Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion. Group at the Haunted Bookshop #63 4-5pm. M,W,F

REWARD: for return of stolen cloak undamaged. No questions. Misty Tower, Space #26

Do you have the pipes to compete? Can you blow the competition away? The Mountain Confederation is calling all pipers to our Annual Bagpipe Competition. WHEN? Sign in is 8:30ish WHERE: Confed E12 on Brewers Road, Tuesday of War Week.

Come One Come All! Come to the Annual Confederation Pipers’ Competition 8:45ish at Confed - E12, Tuesday of War Week.

Chainmail shirts from $100, riveted shirts from $225. Coifs, Gamails, Aventails too, all at Highland Arms Booth 200

SQUIRE CART for rent for handicapped or pampering someone. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space #26

Remember your urchins. They are working hard to bring you the Pennsic news daily.

For Sale

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

Glass jewels with settings, silver jewelry, sculpture, masks, silks, portraits, and custom wood burning. - Cabochons #19

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000.00. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewelry. Custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 36” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC ! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

Vellum - - opaline vellum ( sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. THe Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Do not be vexed! Come, clean fleeces at Forba’s Yarns, Z-14

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

For Sale - Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer. Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

Take My Fabric! Antique satins, solids, some prints. $1/yd. See Moire at the Pennsic Independent.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

Pavilion for sale: Brand new! Panther 16x16 center-pole. 7’ walls. Seam-engineered, other extras. Roof, Walls, and poles, valued at $2200, for only $1600. Take it home from Pennsic! See it at Ravenstreet, E05. Ask for Mistress Anne or Master Tirloch.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of limnes #24

Panther Pavilion 9’x16’ oval with 6’ walls & fly. See Padraig at Shire of Caer Adamant, N24.

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow Street. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

REAL CHEESECLOTH for real cheesemakers. Booth #25

What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6

See the Frodo popped corn bowl, 17 inch yellow birch, other sizes available also thee fearsome flat tooth shark and other puppets all @ A Tinker 123 Plunder.

Jewellery repair. Bazaar. $10. each add. hour: $6. Cornpick

Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow Street tailormade@mindspring.com

Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraighs Alehouse. Ask for Pente (Wookie)

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full sz STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ Stormvale BTM W08

The Book Lady may not be back next year. Inventory reduction sale now in progress. Including; Jewelery and Crystals. In space 185 with Auntie Arwen.

Knilling 10KF Violin outfit - brand new, never used includes case, bow, rosin, pitchpipe. 4’ fine tuners. Retail valu $1500 - yours for $995/or best offer ask for Eiric at Camp Spartii - N15.

Large Wooden Cart. Any reasonable offer accepted. Inquire at Kings Taste, Bazaar #1. Bring out your dead! Carry your Barony’s armor!

CAPE SPECIAL. 10% off our all ready low Pennsic prices. Orders included. Monday, Tuesday only. Misty Tower. Space 26

LINEN & SILK threads & floss at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

CLEARANCE on Period Pavilions®: We’re overstocked on gently used Period Pavilions®, and we have no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings”. Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Mediaeval Miscellania

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

Used Pavilion for Sale. 10’x14’ Marquee. Sunforger, poles, ropes and stakes included. Mathilde, N21, Quatrefoil, must take delivery Saturday $300 or best offer.

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20 ! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

2’ x 2’ x 1/2” stainless 304 steel plate. See Dunchadh; Barony of Andelcrag, N07

FOR SALE- 12’x16’ Panther Viking Wedge. $550 neg. Corner Low Rd. & Chandler’s ask for Kyrie.

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

FOR SALE: Propane fridge. Needs coolant refill, but otherwise in great condition. Only used for 12 weeks total (6 Pennsics). Was $1400 new, asking $700 or best offer. Camp Testosterone, N31 (large white bear gates). Ask for Berus.

Set of 4 antique goblets make offer. Hedgehogs E23

Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.

Yurt for sale. 15 foot round. See it on E-18, Camp Greenwood. It must go on Friday. Make an offer! Best offer takes it. Ask for Luther.

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Mashiro hand forged Japanese mat cutting swords. $99 - $349 at Highland Arms Booth #200

Master Kenhelm is proud to announce he is offering clothing: semi-custom and custom fittings by Argent Needle. Hand-finished men’s tunics. Custom-fitted late 14th/early 15th dresses and fittings, hoods, purses, silk veils. See Maitresses Muriel de Chimay and Marcele de Montsegur and see what Argent Needle has to offer.

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Got Bust? Get a custom fitting from the cottesimple.com tailor! Space #93 ask for Marcele or Tasha.

HARP: 31/2 octave wirestrung believed made by Jay WITCHER. NEW PRICE about $3000. Asking $1000. See Deirdre at Southwind N-30.

Armour Pieces: As a set or sold individually... articulated stainless knees, mild helmet, stainless arm cops, leather/stainless gorget $225 OBO Please call 443-282-6156 or ask for Melusine at Shire of Eisental

Pendragon ladies bodice leather/suede green black. See Feithline at Castle Bruin Camping block X07 Best Offer.

Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN & notions! Dragon’s Magic 25

Two Cats Fabric trim & garb had moved! Veils, trews & trim can be found at Silvershell Musical Instruments in space #43 on Broadway. Come 4 Madness!!

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

BOWED PSALTERY for sale - Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Pavilions for sale: 16’x21’, $1000. 12’x18’, $900. 9’x12’, $500. All with ropes, poles and stakes. See Eleanor at space 181 - Blue Unicorn

Collection of antiques for sale. Sumerian Egyptian, Persian on display at Historical Glass, Booth #160.

MADNESS SPECIAL -- $100 OFF any tall boot in stock or free poke with purchase. All day - Weds 8/16 only.

Personals

Will someone please make sure The Entropy Twins are not having TOO much fun? Thank you, Lady Kytte Wynpeny (the blonde wife)

TO Everyone: Go Tell Auntie Arwen (Auntie Arwen’s Spices) to drink more WATER. From Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love.  Abra

Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.

Footloose & Fancy Free? A lady is looking for a gentleman with 45-60 years of life’s experiences to help her polish the brass. If interested contact: 330-347-6407.

Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Attention Known World - We would like to announce the marriage of Lord David de Londres and Lady Morgain of Lynn. I love you rivers and streams! David

Would Donald R. Richardson and Howard Rusko please return to the Pillaged Village with the purchases they made on Saturday the 12th and their credit card slips?

Thursday August 17th 9pm to 11pm Come to the Official Pennsic Speed Bump for The Hasta La Bye Bye party for Pete and Sully of Maiden Mongolia. Stop by and wish them well. For health reasons this is their last Pennsic. On Market Street outside booth 72. BYOB

Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.

To the owner of the Colorado Cosmos (and you know who you are). The owner of Æthelmearc AC wishes to swap Hattrick stories and lies. See me at the Pennsic Independent trailer. Drinks provided.

Greg Kveberg and Scott Logan - Shoshannah is seeking you. Come to the Barony of Bakhail, N11, Harem of Bilgisayr to find me.

Aurora, TSivia, Asa, Gwerydd, Beatrice: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! Our webs are tangled! What shall we do?!? -- Brains

Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!

You gave a class on building wood lathes last year. I built one and need advice. Siobhra at House Von Draken - E12.

Catalana - wishing my precious frillia were here. I love you - Folki

OG-You’re so pretty! - Squirty the Squid

HARALD ORN of House Gonnedamn: We miss you here. Have a good time, and don’t do anything you’ll be afraid to tell us later. We love you. Don’t forget about Mystic Mail.

Thank you St. Lawrence for favours granted - A Carolingian

Dearest Jenna. Thank you for nineteen weird and wonderful years. I love you madly! - CB

A very Happy Birthday to my absent daughter, Rose. Thinking of you always, especially when I look for the presents we discussed. XS-OS Dad

Fergus-- Our first war was Pennsic XXV. Here we are at XXXV and it’s better than ever! All my heart and soul belong to you and you alone. Love now and always --Maggie

Lord Slyme requires new reading material. He finds romance novels more than slightly tempting. Donations happily accepted.

ROE ADAMS, KEITH DREW or anyone who knows them - please contact Coryn at Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Seeking tree (to climb). Are you on site? If so, please come visit - top of the hill. - C

Congratulations to Aluric and Aurora on their vows of marriage and their public declaration of love. Many good wishes to our dear friends Linda and Vincent. Long live the House DeLondres - Erlan & Zachary

William T. Wilde is at N30 across from the big castle. Looking for Ann & John Krone and family. Lady Behbin Stephanie are you here? I miss my old Indiana friends from Greyhope! My phone is (941)493-2803.

FEAST OF ST. ELVIS - TUES NIGHT! We are now in B5! Pilgrims procession at 7:30pm from B8 gate to CAMP FANDAMILY. See the SHRINE! Light a CANDLE! Touch the relics! All pilgrims are welcome - The stories you have heard are TRUE!

Simon - It’s been a wonderful 2 years. Happy anniversary and happy proposal date(s). I love you - Dolce.

Wanted to Buy

Quahog shell, do you have it? Can you get it? Bring it to Serpent’s Eye, #85 Street of Gold to trade.

PI Web Edition - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Dragon does “the impossible,” takes Woods

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

After five War Points: East Tygers 3, Midrealm 2

The Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met for a Pennsic original Tuesday as both armies fell upon the forest north of the main camp.

Rotating places again, the Midrealm entered the woods from the south, while the Tyger’s forced attacked from the north. Each side had two resurrection points for two hour-long battles, each of which was worth one War Point. This year, the two armies fought over five banners—two fixed Dragon banners, two fixed Tyger banners, and one mobile central banner. For the first time in memory, combat archery was allowed in the woods. Archers participated during the second battle only.

At the sound of the first cannon, both armies charged through the woods and met in combat. According to gentles coming off the field, the lines oscillated much, particularly along the line of spruce trees. A late charge by the East brought the Tyger’s forces within sight of the Midrealm’s main resurrection point.

At the sound of the cannon to end the first battle, the outcome of the fight was in dispute. According to the marshals, the East had banner superiority, but the Midrealm held onto the critical mobile banner. By rules of the battle, the fight was declared a draw and the War Points split.

The second battle saw the armies shift their secondary resurrection points, leading the main battle lines to run more east-west than north-south. Behind those lines, both sides engaged in an hour of firm but fair fighting.

At the sound of the cannon, the East’s forces held both Midrealm banners and the Midrealm held both East banners. However, the Midrealm held the mobile banner, giving them the win in the second fight, the War Point, and overall victory in the woods for the second straight year.

HRM Felix was visibly emotional when he heard the results from the marshals.

“You have done the impossible,” HRM Felix told his troops. “This morning, the count of our forces showed we had the same strength as yesterday. You are the English who defeated the French that glorious day.

“Our allies fought outstandingly today,” HRM Felix added. “Calontir, Ealdormere, Meredies, Trimaris—all of them fought with great fire.”

Today’s big battle: The Castle Battle

For the first time in recent memory, the day’s big brawl at Pennsic will not be East vs. Midrealm. Instead, Æthelmearc, along with some allies, will defend its home turf--the Pennsic Fort. A force of 400 warriors will defend the fort against the rest of the Known World in an attempt to recreate a realistic siege scenario.

What to watch for: Hard fighting in the breaches. Three bridges are the only way to approach the castle and fights on these bridges in the past have been meat grinders.

Pennsic Mayor Baroness Brise Sanguin’s statement on changes at Chirurgeon’s Point:

Due to a number of incidences with regard to Chirurgeon Care, I, the Mayor, have elected to employ a policy written into the Society Chirurgeon’s Handbook, section III, subsection 11 paragraph 2 which states “There is no requirement that the Chirurgeonate be functioning at any event. If the Chirurgeonate is not functioning, the autocrat should know how to reach emergency medical services quickly in the event of an injury or illness.”

This was not premeditated, rather, a difficult decision made over several days. The Kingdom Seneschals of the East, Middle and Æthelmearc as well as the Society Seneschal were consulted and are in full agreement with the decision.

We are still asking for First Aid Volunteers to aid the NorthWest EMS in the First Aid Pavilion. There are no clothing restrictions for volunteers except those required by the SCA. Chirurgeonate baldrics and insignia can be worn except when acting as a First Aid Volunteer.

It has come to my attention that several rumors have been circulating about this decision, and I would like to take a moment to address some of them.

There was no single act that brought me to this decision.

This was not a decree, or decision made by, or done in conjunction with the BoD or any Society officer.

No one will be kicked off-site for discussing the events of the last few days except individuals actively disrupting the event, or preventing the Staff from performance of their duties.

I hold no grudge against any member of the Chirurgeonate.

The Coopers have had nothing to do with any of this as this is an SCA issue.

I have not “fired” anyone. I have asked a group of people to simply help others by using basic First Aid without wearing Chirurgeon identification.

I am not receiving any kickbacks from NWEMS.

This was not pre-meditated.

I do not have in my possession any of the medical records collected by the Chirurgeonate; neither does the Society Seneschal nor the paramedics of NorthWest EMS. As of 10:13 pm, Tuesday no one could positively locate them. The records were removed from the First Aid Pavilion by members of the Chirurgeonate.

I have appointed a Special Deputy to investigate the unauthorized removal of SCA property. The investigation is ongoing.

I will be available Wednesday, August 15, 2006, between the hours of 1pm and 2pm for questions or comments in front of the First Aid Pavilion.

Baroness Brise Sanguin, OP, Mayor Pennsic 35

Pennsic mayor: Decision to close Chirurgeon’s Point was entirely hers

By Peregrine Fairchylde

For the Pennsic Independent

Pennsic 35 Mayor Baroness Brise Sanguin, OP, issued a written statement late Tuesday night that confirms that she alone made the decision to place operation of Chirurgeon’s Point under the supervision of NorthWest EMS, as well as dismisses a number of rumors that have been circulating about the change. It does not offer an explanation as to exactly why the action was taken.

The Mayor also stated that she will take questions about the situation between 1 and 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, in front of the First Aid Pavilion, formerly Chirurgeon’s Point.

Also this week, the president of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. and the Society Seneschal each issued statements regarding the changes that shed no more light on why the chirurgeonate was removed from their traditional position at the War early on Sunday morning.

The statement by Mayor Brise – reproduced in full accompanying this article – only referred to “a number of incidences with regard to Chirurgeon care” as prompting the change. She also cited the Society Chirurgeonate Handbook as the prevailing authority for her action, noting that section III, subsection 11, paragraph 2 states, “There is no requirement that the Chirurgeonate be functioning at any event. If the Chirurgeonate is not functioning, the autocrat should know how to reach emergency medical services quickly in the event of an injury or illness.”

Contacted late on Tuesday evening before she had issued the statement, Mayor Brise said she was still not commenting on the situation, although she did at that time address one rumor that has been making the rounds of the chirurgeonate and others since last Saturday, that chirurgeons who openly discuss the situation will be made to leave the War.

“That’s not true,” Mayor Brise said flatly.

In a statement released this week and posted on the rec.org.sca Google group on Tuesday, Duke John ap Gwyndaf, KSCA, OL, the Society’s president, confirmed that NorthWest EMS would be providing first aid services, and that “first aid volunteers” were aiding them, under the coordination of Viscountess Kaellyn mac Dermott. Viscountess Kaellyn had been the War Chirurgeon until the change; Duke John’s statement describes her role now as “volunteer first aid coordinator.”

The president’s letter did not offer a reason for the change by Mayor Brise, but did say it was “due to a number of incidences,” as reported in Mayor Brise’s statement.

Duke John further wrote that the decision to place the EMS contractor in charge “was confirmed by the three Kingdom Seneschals from the East, Middle and Æthelmearc, and the Society Seneschal.”

In her own statement published this week, Society Chirurgeon Eleanor Isabeau du Coeur, OP, of Northshield declared that all warranted SCA chirurgeons, at Pennsic 35 or elsewhere, are still just that. Reached by telephone in Northshield on Tuesday evening, Mistress Eleanor did not elaborate on the reasons behind the change.

“There were some things they wanted to check out, and [they wanted] to have the EMS take over [Chirurgeon’s Point] during that,” she said.

The Society Chirurgeon did emphasize that warranted chirurgeons at Pennsic 35 – and in the Known World at large – could still provide first aid in accordance with their training.

“They’re still officers of the SCA,” she said. “I spent a lot of time on the phone with [Duke John and Society Seneschal Aaron faheud Swiftrunner] to get that all straightened out …. If they’re working as a warranted chirurgeon … they’re still getting the same indemnification they’ve always got [under SCA insurance].”

Mistress Eleanor also said that each state’s Good Samaritan laws were still applicable to SCA chirurgeons.

“If someone is hurt in camp and Joe Chirurgeon walks by” it’s okay for them to render first aid, she said by way of example.

“Even if they don’t have the baldric on, they’re still officers [of the SCA] and can still perform. Their warrant is still good,” the Society Chirurgeon said.

The most important thing is that members of the chirurgeonate work within the system rather than outside of it, she emphasized, such as by opening a competing, unsanctioned Chirurgeon’s Point.

There have been no changes in Society policy regarding the chirurgeonate, Mistress Eleanor said, but she noted that “Pennsic is such a unique animal, honestly at this point I don’t know the implications.”

She also upheld the Pennsic Mayor’s right to make the change at the Point.

“The autocrat has the right to secure whatever services she wants,” Mistress Eleanor said. “If she doesn’t want to have chirurgeons, that’s fine.”

She added that that was her personal opinion, not a policy of her office.

Mistress Eleanor also said she had discussed with the Society president and seneschal the possibility of contracting out first aid services at large wars because of the size of population being dealt with.

“We had somewhere between 750 and 800 people come through Chirurgeon’s Point last [Pennsic],” she said. “One out of eight people were referred to EMS last year, anyway.”

“The advantage of having a professional medical contractor on site is that patients who need more advanced medical care will have quicker access to it,” Mistress Eleanor said. She also noted that attendance at large events is growing, and the Society’s populace, like the American population in general, is getting older and facing more health issues.

But, she added, a volunteer chirurgeonate also has its strong points, and using one does not necessarily rule out using the other.

“If we can do things through the chirurgeonate, great; if we can do it coordinating with EMS, great,” she said.

Mistress Eleanor said she could not answer questions about whether the EMS staff will be able to adequately cover the first aid needs for Pennsic, since she was not at the War. She does get a report from Pennsic each year that she said she would evaluate.

As for the rumors, Mistress Eleanor said she’d heard quite a few of them. Her current favorite: That her warrant was going to be revoked, she would be given a Level III banishment, and a Revocation and Denial of her membership.

“I thought that was pretty funny,” she said with a chuckle.

Tuesday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

Dwarves vs. Giants Tourney

One of Pennsic’s most entertaining novelty tournaments was featured Tuesday as the annual Dwarves vs. Giants Tourney was fought. As is often the case, the Dwarves (those 5-foot-6 and under) outnumbered the Giants (those 6-foot-3 and over. The Dwarves, led by Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, had 12 fighters on the field and seemed to multiply during the fight. The Giants, who had one father-son combination on the list, compensated with overwhelming force. Several melees, numerous single and double combats — and perhaps dozens of bad jokes and puns — insured a good time was had by all.

Known World Baronial Champions Tournament

The Baron and Baroness of Cynnabar in the Midrealm hosted the fifth annual Known World Baronial Champions Tournament Tuesday. Seventeen baronial champions from throughout the Know World took up the challenge and fought before several assembled Barons and Baronesses.

After several rounds of single combat and several rounds of questions by Their Excellencies, the assemble Barons and Baronesses chose Master Lucius Cassius Magnus, Champion of Barony Stonemarche in the East as the new champion. He was presented a baldric signifying his position as the new Known World Baronial Champion.

Unclassifieds - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Events Open to All

Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am. Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.

North Star Armory #103 Viking necklace class Wed., 10am. $6 w/supplies. Other classes daily, 3pm.

Known World Choir Concert - Thursday - Performing Arts Pavilion - Be there - You know you want to! Don’t miss this wonderful performing ensemble. Renaissance music of Spain! Not to be missed.

Lost & Found

Von Roessler Laurel/Pelican medallion. If found, Please return to Vair & Ermine, Battle Road. Thanks

REWARD for return of knife lost in Market. Wood/brass handle, blade marked ANGELSWORD. Claim REWARD @ Lusy Went, E17 Hill Rod & Good Intentions

Found: My brain. Thank you Myrddin and Serati for finding it and keeping it safe. - G

Parties

Thank You to the Black Pearl Tavern & our campmates for all their help with hosting the Ladies Tea! Thank you to the musicians & dancers for your dedication, passion & excellent performance. Finally, thank you to all of the ladies who braved the weather & had a wonderful time. See you next year at the 1001 Arabian Nights, a Night in the Harem. - - - Tyger & Alejandra

UNCLASSIFIEDS

General

Clean, dry cardboard boxes. FREE! Pick up at Pennsic Independent office.

Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!

Sign of the Black Rose Invites the Populace to Join Us In Offering Congratulations to their Artist-In-Residence the Lady S’Avant-Garde, for Her Recent Induction Into the OMICRON DELTA KAPPA National Leadership Honor Society for her work in a landmark program providing Mental Health Counseling to the Deaf. PooBah!

Weaving classes: Wednesday: 8am - Inkle; 1am - Card; 2pm - Inkle; 5pm - Lucet; 8pm - Inkle. Thursday :10am - Inkle; 2pm - Card; 5pm - Inkle. See Pine Box Traders space 126 Egil the Loomwright - Instructor.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! S’Avant-Garde is granted the LAUREL CROWNED CIRCLE AWARD of OMICRON DELTA KAPPA Society, Inc. for achieving certification in Mental Health Counseling for the Deaf. We invite you to join her friends, her sungha & her peers in offering their heartfelt congratualtions for receiving this rare honor.

Where the heck is Bow street? Across from Midrealm Royal and the Store, Bow Street is a treasure trove of merchants! Don’t miss it.

Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16 2 - 4 pm at Æthelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!

Disability Guild www.health.yahoo.groups.com/AIs

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome

To all Æthelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaines’ meeting in Æthelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn

PNZ LOO ZLQ WKH ZDU EUB QHB QLL

Rescue Ranger Reading Refuge--Need a rest from revelry? Visit our library of diverting tomes! Open daily 3 to 5 FREE! Wyrmwood Forest, E21. Got books?

Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

ATTENTIOIN ALL ØSTGARDRIANS PAST AND PRESENT! The Viceroy and Vicereine of the Crown Province of Østgardr, desiring to complete the rolls of all members of the Order of the Seahorse and the rolls of the Champions of Østbardr, from the founding of said honrs unot the present day, do hereby call upon all holders of said honors, past and present, or any persons knowing of such service, to make themselves known to the Viceroy and Vicereine at Østgardr encampment (E04) at this the XXXV Pennsic War, or to contact Lady Brithwen De Bores Hulla, Seneschal of Østgardr, at Østgardr encampment or at Brithwen@yahoo.com, upon their returing home.

SEWING HINT: needle eyes are stamped from one side and are easiest to thread from that side. DM25

Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.

Darwin Awards Book Signing! Author Wendy Northcutt will be signing books and taking SCAdian related submissions. WHEN? Wednesday, 1pm. WHERE: Tomes & Tunes Space #51 on Broadway. Hardback books available! Discount for Pennsic: $12.00

Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion group at the Haunted Bookshop #63 4-5pm. M,W,F

For Sale

Therion Arms - world antique and fine reproduction arms & armor - http://www.therionarms.com

EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!

MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.

Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Get Cheap and Ostentatious! We’ve been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons On Bow Street space #19

FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.

Panther Pavilion for sale--used one year. 18’ X 24’ Classic Pitch Marquee with 7’ walls. Will consider all offers before listing on Ebay. Set up package is negotiable. Will work out delivery. Call 440-322-2579 for more information.

Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!

Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

Midnite Madness starts at noon! $1 off fabric $7/yd and over. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25.

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000.00. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11

Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24

Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13

Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC ! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.

Don’t be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.

Come hither and feel how soft my mounds - of wool! Forba’s Yarns, Z - 14

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!

Vellum - - opaline vellum ( sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. THe Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.

For Sale - Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.

Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!

SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

Pavilion for sale: Brand new! Panther 16x16 center-pole. 7’ walls. Seam-engineered, other extras. Roof, Walls, and poles, valued at $2200, for only $1600. Take it home from Pennsic! See it at Ravenstreet, E05. Ask for Mistress Anne or Master Tirloch.

Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow treet. www.barjaveldesign.com

Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.

SILK SHANTUNG & CHARMEUSE - $8 per yard. Booth #25

What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS - - once you’ve tried it, you’ll never use anything less. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Misstress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row.

Jewelry repair Bazaar $10 each add hour $6 Cornpick

Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow street tailormade@mindspring.com

Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.

Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraighs Alehouse. Ask for Pente (Wookie)

For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full sz STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ stormvale BTM W08

LINEN & SILK threads & floss at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limnes #24

The Book Lady may not be back next year. Inventory reduction sale now in progress. Including; Jewelery and Crystals. In space 185 with Auntie Arwen.

Large Wooden Cart. Any reasonable offer accepted. Inquire at Kings Taste, Bazaar #1. Bring out your dead! Carry your Barony’s armor!

CLEARANCE on Period Pavilions®: We’re overstocked on gently used Period Pavilions®, and we hav e no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings”. Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Mediaeval Miscellania

Used Pavilion for Sale. 10x14 Marquee. Sunforger, poles, ropes and stakes included. Mathilde, N21, Quatrefoil, must take delivery Saturday $300 or best offer.

2’ x 2’ x 1/2” stainless 304 steel plate. See Dunchadh; Barony of Andelcrag, N07

REAL CHEESECLOTH for real cheesemakers. Booth #25

FOR SALE- 12x16 Panther Viking Wedge. $550 neg. Corner Low Rd. & Chandler’s ask for Kyrie.

FOR SALE: Propane fridge. Needs coolant refill, but otherwise in great condition. Only used for 12 weeks total (6 Pennsics). Was $1400 new, asking $700 or best offer. Camp Testosterone, N31 (large white bear gates). Ask for Berus.

Set of 4 antique goblets make offer. Hedgehogs E23

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24

Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.

Yurt for sale. 15 foot round. See it on E-18, Camp Greenwood. It must go on Friday. Make an offer! Best offer takes it. Ask for Luther.

Mashiro hand forged Japanese mat cutting swords. $99 - $349 at Highland Arms Booth #200

Master Kenhelm is proud to announce he is offering clothing: semi-custom and custom fittings by Argent Needle. Hand-finished men’s tunics. Custom-fitted late 14th/early 15th dresses and fittings, hoods, purses, silk veils. See Maitresses Muriel de Chimay and Marcele de Montsegur and see what Argent Needle has to offer.

Got Bust? Get a custom fitting from the cottesimple.com tailor! Space #93 ask for Marcele or Tasha.

Mortar & Pestle sale - 3 sizes - all $5 each. Guild of Limners. #24

HARP: 31/2 octave wirestrung believed made by Jay WITCHER. NEW PRICE about $3000. Asking $1000. See Deirdre at Southwind N-30.

Armour Pieces: As a set or sold individually... articulated stainless knee’s, mild helmet, stainless arm cops, leather/stainless gorget $225 OBO Please call 443-282-6156 or ask for Melusine at Shire of Eisental

Pendragon ladies bodice leather/suede green black. See Feithline at Castle Bruin Camping block X07 Best Offer.

Two Cats Fabric trim & garb had moved! Veils, trews & trim can be found at Silvershell Musical Instruments in space #43 on Broadway. Come 4 Madness!!

BOWED PSALTERY for sale - Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.

Pavilions for sale: 16x21, $1000. 12x18, $900. 9x12, $500 all with ropes, poles and stakes. See Eleanor at space 181 - Blue Unicorn

Collection of antiques for sale. Sumerian Egyptian, Persian on display at Historical Glass, Booth #160.

MADNESS SPECIAL -- $100 OFF any tall boot in stock or free poke with purchase. All day - Weds 8/16 only. Olde Soles/Nativeearth, 17 Bow St.

Chainmail shirts from $100, riveted shirts from $225. Coifs, Gamails, Aventgills too, all at Highland Arms Booth 200

SQUIRE CART for rent for handicapped or pampering someone. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space #26

CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

For Sale: 14’ Yurt. use but in good to great condition. $600 and it is yours. See Bosk at Band of the Red Hand camp in E18.

Auntie Arwen Spices has an “E” at the end of Auntie you can buy her spices and herbs at www.auntiearwenspices.com. We love Auntie Arwen at the Pennsic Independent.

Ltd. Edition cigar boxes & metal signs. House of the Flying Monkey - E01 $10-$40 see Cat. All negotiable.

Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.

Madness!! Day and night cloaks and 16th C. Spanish surcoats 10% off! Orders included - some gowns also. Misty Tower. Space 26.

SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 36” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25

Do you travel retail? Go wholesale and save!! Plus get 30 free vacations! Call and mention P35 for discount 724-561-7769. Enjoy your mundane life now! Dealers also needed call for inforamation at 724-561-7769 $$$$

Help Wanted

Desperately Needed: Burly guy with organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent this coming Saturday and Sunday. Please inquire at the PI Office.

Seeking Female Assistant! Full time until Thanksgiving. All travel expenses paid. Must be willing to work long hours. Good people skills will help. See Isabell at Merchant space #136 for more details.

Massage artists and cabin boy prospects please report to the Pennsic Independent for tryouts.

Pittsburg Airport Run 8/17, 11:00am, Booth #139, Plunder Lane $30.00

Personals

O Yea! O Yea! Be it known that on August 18 at 3pm on Horde Hill (E10), during informal family court, I, Siobhan O’Neill, in the presence of King Felix, Queen Madelina, Great Khan Rowena, my Brothers and all who wish to attend, will re-affirm my vows of Fealty. This is in observance of my Silver Anniversary of becoming a Member of the Order of the Laurel. Being an appropriate time for reflection and renewal.

A CHALLENGE! The following are called to the field of honor on Thursday, 17th August at 5:00m or Friday, 18th August at 11:00am. Lady Rosalind de La Mere, Lord Christopher Maccan Conaing, Lord Connor Livingstone, Baron Marcellus, Cappoozello Di Napoli, Lord giacomo Vincente, Master Alan Gravesend, Master Roland de Mountenay. This challenge is issued by Tiernen and Wystric of Windmaster’s Hill. Meet us at the rapierMarshal’s Tent on the Battlefield.

Happy Birthdays to Godwin and Barak of the Old Barons Rest Home! You guys are FABU! With much love from your campmates.

Grab your ice skates! Hell hath frozen over! OG has been seen being kissed by a hottie! Armegeddon is upon us! way to go OG!!! - Ann Onymouse

Alexander the Photographer searched for the Miss Swampy Contest. Deterred by the rain he had to turn back. Advertise the location of the contests and parties! Please! Please!

One day in the fields of Cynnabar, the poor serf sly me looked up from feeding his mouflon to stare at the castle on the hill. The fair princess was guarded by a cruel family, but his passion ran deep. He thrust down his large shepherd’s hook and ran through the kohlrabe to the castle. His heaving chest ripped his shirt asunder. He wrenched open the door. The electric fan blew back his blown dry hair. He caught a glimpse of himself in the full length mirror, wiped sweat from his furrowed brow, and then suddenly....

The Cookie fairy thanks her devoted followers for their generous offerings at her hallowed shrine!

Let out your inner Barbarian. Use Vialgar!

Explore the mysteries of 11! See Christiana just south of the Canadian Boarder.

Congratulations Isolde & Gorm! May your engagement be the start of a beautiful life together. Warmest Regards - House Rosegate

Unto Master Reynard de La Rochefoucauld does the Barony of Lochmere express heartfelt thanks for another “Spiffy” Pennsic encampment.

Thanks for being in my life and making me feel so loved. I adore you all - Yana, Lucan, Cat, Li, Demi, Caoifhionn, Clodagh, Eilis, Irene, Fygen plus the fine folks of VDK - you all amaze me - Michel

Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love.  Abra

Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.

Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Attention Known World - We would like to announce the marriage of Lord David de Londres and Lady Morgain of Lynn. I love you rivers and streams! David

Linda, thank you for the first 20 years and I am looking forward to the next 20. Mi amore, mi vita per sempre.

Would Donald R. Richardson and Howard Rusko please return to the Pillaged Village with the purchases they made on Saturday the 12th and their credit card slips?

Thursday August 17th 9pm to 11pm Come to the Official Pennsic Speed Bump for The Hasta La Bye Bye party for Pete and Sully of Maiden Mongolia. Stop by and wish them well. For health reasons this is their last Pennsic. On Market street outside booth 72. BYOB

Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.

Greg Kveberg and Scott Logan - Shoshannah is seeking you. Come to the Barony of Bakhail, N11, Harem of Bilgisayr to find me.

Aurora, Tsivia, Asa, Gwerydd, Beatrice: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! Our webs are tangled! What shall we do?!? -- Brains

Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!

Thank you St. Lawrence for favours granted - A Carolingian

Fergus-- Our first war was Pennsic XXV. Here we are at XXXV and it’s better than ever! All my heart and soul belong to you and you alone. Love now and always --Maggie

ROE ADAMS, KEITH DREW or anyone who knows them - please contact Coryn at Mediaeval Misc., Space #26

Seeking tree (to climb). Are you on site? If so, please come visit - top of the hill. - C

Congratulations to Aluric and Aurora on their vows of marriage and their public declaration of love. Many good wishes to our dear friends Linda and Vincent. Long live the House DeLondres - Erlan & Zachary

From this life into the next - I will love you always - Sach - From your angel Erlan

William T. Wilde is at N30 across from the big castle. Looking for Ann & John Krone and family. Lady Behbin Stephanie are you here? I miss my old Indiana friends from Greyhope! My phone is (941)493-2803.

Person who crashed into fence @ Cariodoc: you need to own up as you caused $40-$50 in damage. Please contact Old Barons Rest Home for restitution!

Mistress Catherine Applebee of Calontir was involved in a serious auto accident in Phoenix on Memorial Day. She has only recently returned home and still faces many months of rehabilitation but her progress has been good. We of Calontir seek aid from the Known World to help cover the long-term costs. Donations will be accepted at Touch Pottery, Calontir Trim, Ash and Griffin Pottery, Tomes and Tunes, and Wolfram’s Wondrous Wares as well as the Calontir Royal Pavilion.

TYRVI it is a joy having you back in my life. My wish is to keep you @ be yours until the end of time. Love always Priestess Kelly Shannon.

Your Majesty Maryrose, the ransom has yet to be paid. I begin to grow concerned. Skorri

Elle - Miss you! - OG

Vibeke, always remember to bring your satellite dish when you leave your encampment.

The Three Wise Men are coming! - BEWARE! Crusher-Roary-Judith - you rock! Very Nice!

ATTN Darostur : Have fun at war - drink lots of fluids - feed the flamingos - Enjoy the Ghetto party! signed House of Fox

Wanted to Buy

Quahog shell, do you have it? Can you get it? Bring it to Serpent’s Eye, #85 Street of Gold to trade.

Youth Exhibit Products of their Talents

By Ursula the Widow

For the Pennsic Independent

The young artisans and artists of the Known World had the opportunity to display their work Tuesday morning at the premier Youth A&S Exhibition held at Youth Point.

Inspiration for the event came from Lord Valdis of the Kingdom of the East. His two children have been making projects for many years and had exhibited alongside their father at adult A&S exhibitions. However, their work tended to get lost among so many other contributions, and Lord Valdis suggested they have “something they could call their own.”

Young SCAdians from the age of seven to 17 took part in the display of high-quality artifacts both useful and beautiful. “I am absolutely amazed today by the work we’re seeing,” said organizer Mistress Safia al Khansaa’. “I think I’m more inspired by the youth than by anything I’ve been inspired by in the SCA.”

Like adult artisans, the exhibitors filled out display forms. However, Mistress Safia, who is an art teacher in modern life, designed a set of forms graded by age level and the youth completed them in their own words and without help. In both their arts and their descriptions, they were able to express themselves in their own terms.

The event is not a competition but a display. The presenters did receive informal feedback as well as many tokens of appreciation from older artisans and Laurels, and a Certificate of Participation.

Mistress Safia al-Khansaa’ organized the exhibition with the aid of Mistress Ardania, director of Youth Point. A major concern was getting the word out before Pennsic. Although online pre-registration was available, this year most of the exhibitors were from the East.

Queen Madeleina of the Midrealm visited the exhibition early in the day. She expressed her delight at the work she saw. “I am always encouraging more participation by children in the SCA,” she said. Children are dear to her Majesty, as she has three of her own.

Fabric Arts

Ana Ximenez de Hume, 7, created a woven pouch in pink and purple cotton yarn. She wove the fabric on a rigid heddle loom and also sewed, braided cord and made fringe to complete the pouch. She spoke of her work with great confidence, saying the most difficult part of the project had been choosing just one button to close the pouch out of the many possibilities she had available..

Some know Rusty, 7, of the East Kingdom as “the little red dragon.” She has autism and has gained comfort in social situations from attending SCA events. She was wearing a pink gown she cut and sewed, then decorated with painting of the front and back. Her colorful designs of fairies and roses displayed her skill as they set off her beauty.

Weapons

Cehero Oakensword, 17, displayed four longbows and a quiver of arrows of his making. His accomplishment was all the more remarkable because he is a self-taught bowyer who has completed this work with the aid of books. He hand turned the ash arrows and fletched them with goose feathers hand tied with linen. Cehero was not present to be interviewed because he was at the archery range.

Metalwork

In the corner of the tent, a serious-faced young man was getting advice from a silver-haired gentleman. “Keep your first piece,” the older lord said. “When you get to be my age, you’ll be glad you did.” Perhaps only in the SCA can the age-old mode of the senior advising the junior, and each listening respectfully to the pother, still be found.

The advisor was Lord Aquel; the artisan was Zohar Hruschka, 14, who is learning blacksmithing. The showpiece of his work was a Viking bearded hand axe decorated with acid etching on the blade.

Zohar hot-forged the axe in a coal fire for which he mined the coal himself in a an open mine near his home. He also showed two portable holes he had made from mild steel, one with a leaf embellishment at the top.

Zohar came alive explaining his techniques and his study of smithing. He became an informal apprentice of Little John the Blacksmith by haunting at his shop at War Practice. “I stayed at the booth long enough that his apprentices told me to come back the next day and meet him.” Zohar is working for Little John here at War.

“I want to be a much better smith, I don’t want to stay an apprentice,” Zohar said. Although he doesn’t intend to make his living at smithing, he does expect it to continue to be part of his life. “I want to do pieces for other people. I want to make what people want.”

Lord Aquel said, “I think that this young man has a great future. Not only does he have skill, he has heart.”

The Youth Exhibition will be repeated next year. All artists and artisans 18 and younger are welcome.

PI to Raise Rates for First Time in Five Years

Due to an increase in printing prices, The Pennsic Independent is being forced to raise the price for the Pennsic newspaper for the first time in five years.

The increase, from $.75 per issue to $1.00 per issue, was determined on Monday of this week following a call to the printer. The printing prices for the Independent have been fairly stable for several years, but the current economy has effected the print industry as it has many other areas of commerce. Please note that the printer PI uses is exceptionally reasonably still, and picks the newspaper masters up at Coopers Lake at night and delivers the finished product the next morning. In the past, efforts to work with other printers have been disasterous at best.

This has been an agonizing decision. We at PI thank those who have supported us over the years and look forward to continuing to bring you the best in news from Pennsic War for years to come.

SCA History Night to Take Place at Pennsic 35

As part of a celebration of SCA history, the Midrealm Historian's office will be hosting an SCA History Event again this Pennsic.  Activities will take place in the barn on Thursday of War week, starting at 9 am and running through 3 pm.  Currently in the works are a display of relics of Midrealm and Known World interest, a slide show of some early Pennsics and Midrealm events, storytelling and anecdotes in honor of the SCA's 40th Anniversary.  Additional details will be forthcoming as they are available.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Watch the Laurels fight at the Laurel Prize Tourney

Location:
August 18th, Blue Tourney Field Details:
Under the sponsorship of the Æthelmearc Order of the Laurel, there will be fought at Pennsic a Laurel Prize Tourney on Friday August 18th at 2pm (blue tourney field).

This is not an A&S competition; it is a real tournament with real fighting and real prizes.

The Tournament is open to any member of the Order of the Laurel and their apprentices authorized in heavy weapons combat. The rattan tourney has been a regular at Pennsic for several years but for those who are unfamiliar with it:

Laurels competing must donate a prize fashioned by their own hands to gain entry to the list. If an apprentice is entering they must bring a handmade prize, in addition, their Laurel must sign them in and also provide a prize but gets to choose the reason it is awarded (best death, most chivalrous,...etc) Non combatant Laurels or those without an apprentice to sponsor may also participate in this way. Any Laurel may stand in as proxy for an apprentice if their own Laurel is unable to attend, but all other entry rules will still apply.

**Documentation is not necessary** but the sharing of knowledge is always encouraged. If an entrant wants to add documentation or a handout from a class they've taught that relates to the item as part of the prize, it will be gratefully accepted.

The prizes will be on display throughout the tournament for all to admire.

The combatants will be ranked in order of their performance in the tourney. (Format to be determined depending on the number of entrants). The winner of the tournament will have first choice of prizes ... then the runner up...and so on. Everyone who enters will receive a prize and some will leave with multiple prizes (so please don't leave as soon as you are done fighting).

Please direct any questions to Maitresse Yvianne de Castel d'Avignon, OL, Æthelmearc (yvianne_at_zoominternet.net) who will be camping at Pennsic with House Izenfoust/Singing Stone (N-01)

Pennsic 36 (2007)

Pennsic 36 Blood Drive - Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

Greeting good gentles of the Known World. The Pennsic War will soon be upon us, and while we are ‘playing war’ with our friends, many others are fighting one for their lives. Every blood donation is a chance to save a life, so please remember there will be a Red Cross blood drive at Pennsic War 36.

The 5th annual blood drive will take place on Friday, August 3rd and Monday, August 6th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Zion Baptist Church, 148 Curry Road, Slippery Rock, PA.

The church is within walking distance from the Pennsic grounds, but the Red Cross will run a shuttle van (leaving from the south end of the battlefield), or you can take the Pennsic bus (the church will be added to the route on the 3rd and 6th). We encourage you to ride the van or bus, so that you arrive with normal pulse and blood pressure, and are not turned away from donating!

If you would like to pre-register to donate, volunteer, or would just like more information, please contact me at scahedgehog@verizon.net. Once War has started, you can still sign up at Chirurgeon’s Point.

This year you can also pre-register to donate on-line! Go to www.givelife.org, and search for blood drives in zipcode 16057. Select August 3rd or 6th, and choose your appointment time.

Together, we can make a difference. So, "Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War".

In Service and Thanks, Baroness Angelique d'Herisson

Pennsic Vampire

Middle Kingdom - SCA

A Public Service Announcement From The Pennsic Independent:

Master Sir Gareth Sommerset from Caid, Duke Guillaume de la Belgique of Caid, and Graf Hans von Wolfholz remind the Pennsic Populace to volunteer some of their time to help Pennsic be a fun place for all of us. The Dishy Dynamic Trio helped out today by directing folks toward the parking lots from The Great Middle Highway. Being a chivalrous lot, they wish to remind all to park their cars as soon as they are unloaded. They would also hate to see their fellow gentles have to pay the additional expenses and go through the hassle of retrieving their autos from an off-site impound lot. In addition, removing your car from the grounds helps the Pennsic War experience by improving the scenery, as do knights like these.

A&S Exhibition Wows the Crowd

By Julie

for the Pennsic Independent

The Pennsic A&S Exhibition celebrated its 10th annual show Monday with brilliant displays of craftsmanship and intricate artwork in a wide variety of media.

The exhibition, held in the dance barn, is a chance for artisans and craftspeople to show and talk about the creativity they expend year around to the gentle people of the Known World.

All artists provide written documentation of their pieces and many are on hand brimming with enthusiasm to share their passion with those in attendance.

This year’s display included Pearce Redsmythe of Æthelmearc, who fashions intricately cut metalwork including Baronial coronets, metal trim for armor and various pins. Redsymthe uses a goldsmith saw, (mundanely a jeweler’s saw) in a slow, but precise method to make the tiniest of cuts and curves in thin metal plates. First, he makes a pattern and presses a tiny hole into each cut-out piece and then uses the saw to slowly cut out the piece within the pattern. The process is slow but the results are rewarding.

Redsmythe began his hobby in college with a metalsmithing class 15 years ago. The bulk of his smithy work has been for the SCA and he has made crowns for barons and viscounts in his home kingdom of Atenveldt and his current kingdom of Æthelmearc. Last year he won the Ice Dragon Grand Pentathalon in Æthelmearc, qualifying one item in five different categories.

THL Jocelyn of Lutterworth of the Middle Kingdom displayed a work in progress, a six-foot scroll that is the beginning of a hymn for Easter Mass used in the 11th century Church in southern Italy. The scroll has the words of the song in one direction with pictures portraying the hymn in the other direction. Jocelyn is still seeking the reason the pictures and words are facing directions.
Jocelyn authenticated the scroll by gaining access to normally closed parts of the University of Chicago library where pictures of some of the originals are found. Monks made the scrolls while deacons or bishops would read them in the cathedrals. The scrolls were made in the 11th Century and as late as the 12th Century. She made many of the inks, such as indigo, that were used in the pictures through period methods, substituting modern inks for those that would be unavailable or poisonous. She completed the scrolls with fasteners similar to what she saw in the pictures. The scrolls of the period generally were 30 feet in length and Jocelyn hopes to have her scroll completed to that length by next year’s Pennsic.

Lady Clara Beaumont of the East Kingdom applied her interpretation skills to poems found in a dance manual published in 1581. The dance manual, Il Ballerino, was written by Fabritio Carosa.

Each poem in the book was dedicated to a lady, and started with addressing the lady in question and describing her beauty. The poems then went on to describe the dance dedicated to that lady. Lady Clara said some of the dances were created for the particular lady in question.

Lady Clara interpreted three poems first from the old Italian into basic English, then crafted the awkward English into poetry. She has interpreted dance manuals and cookbooks before, but this was her first work with poetry.

For Baron Bardulf Rauen of Atlantia the SCAdians are the art. He displayed nearly 550 photograph portraits of SCA members dressed in exquisite garb and clearly in persona as they bear arms or other tools of their various trades.

“The art is in the people,” he said.

Baron Rauen took the photographs mostly at SCA events in the southern part of the Atlantia kingdom. He said he gave up heavy fighting for something less painful.

“Photography has always been a hobby,” he said, smiling, “I got tired of having the crap beat out of me.” The people seem to appreciate his choice, with some of his past models approaching the albums to find their portraits while others simply paged through the albums glimpsing the faces of SCA.

Boat Burning Honors Lives Shared and Lost

By Julie for the Pennsic Independent

Baron Garwig the boatbinder and his friends spend hours building a Viking ship with intricate detail only to burn it upon the waters of Cooper’s Lake at each Pennsic.

The burning of the Viking fighting boat is “a celebration of lives shared and lost,” Baron Garwig said. The event is “a tribute of respect and honor, and it involves a certain amount of sacrifice,” he said.

Baron Garwig of the Kingdom of Ealdormere puts the boat together plank by plank, gluing one into place and waiting days for it dry before another piece can be added. In all, he spends about 60 to 80 hours building the boat. Sometimes he gets a little help as he did last year when he fell behind on the building. Lady Unnr came to his aid and built the boat, and Baron Garwig put on the finishing touches. Master Charles, a carver, creates an intricate figurehead for the boat each year.

People ask Baron Garwig why he would burn something that has taken so much effort, and that, he says, is the meaning of the sacrifice, putting in your best effort and sending them off to burn.

The boat launched Thursday evening just after a major rainstorm and included tributes to about a dozen loved ones. Usually the launch is on Saturday with some 80 tributes aboard, and this year’s earlier date may have caught some people off guard, Baron Garwig said. The tributes are shields painted with the arms of a loved one who has passed. Sometimes there other mementos such as a picture or, in the case of a beloved pet, a part of a collar.

Thirteen candles are placed on the boat in cups of wax, with more wax shavings placed along the boat’s bottom. In a brief ceremony usually attended by some 80 people, he reminds them that this is meant “not to mourn, but to honor; not in grief, but in loving memory.”

He said the event is very emotional for those involved, that it is a giving up or release. It is “finally saying good-bye in a meaningful way,” he said.

The boat is anchored by a fishing line and pulled out into the lake where it burns. The hull of the boat below the water does not burn, and it is brought back to shore and burned in a camp fire. The boat must be completely destroyed according to the tradition, Baron Garwig said.

Baron Garwig usually makes a 4 1/2 foot boat, but created a 6-foot craft this year. This year’s dampness caused some problems. The group needed to retrieve and re-light the boat a second time and add wiring to bind some of the planks since the glue began to lose hold.

The event began about six years ago when reigning King Thorbjorn Osis and a woman, Lady Lauren, were killed in a car accident in the spring. Pennsic that year was very subdued for Ealdomere. At that time, Baron Garwig got the idea and built a crude boat in six days.
“The burning of the boat was such an emotional catharsis,” he said. Kingdom members who had attended both funerals were still moved by the event. They were so touched, they told Baron Garwig that he could not stop, and so the tradition began.

Because the Pennsic event is based on the Viking tradition of burning a deceased’s fighting boat, or drakkar, Baron Garwig’s creation is a shallow draft boat only about four inches deep. This Viking design allowed the marauders to move swiftly over the sea, land in shallow water and jump right out to charge in before the local militia could organize, he said.

To the Viking, the boat was “greater than home,” Baron Garwig said. In fact, when wintering in foreign lands, Vikings would build walls and use the boat as a roof.

Boat burnings were reserved for great chieftans, the actual owners of the boats. They sometimes were done with the boat being docked on land and being burned with the body on board. At other times, the boat was pushed out onto the water and burned with the body aboard. Vikings also were buried in their boats. Poorer Vikings would have boats built out of stones on their grave sites.

Anyone who would like to remember a loved one or even a pet may do so by contacting Baron Garwig next year at Pennsic. Those who wish to do so should paint a shield at least two days before the launch, giving it time to dry. The blank shields are free, but a $2 donation to Chirurgeons is suggested.

Dragon and Tyger beat back the Known World

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

After two War Points: Midrealm Dragons 1, East Tygers 1

While the archery and rapier champions took center stage on Monday in terms of War points, the armies of the East and Midrealm assembled for the first time to participate the castle battle. However, this time the Tyger and the Dragon forces combined in friendship to take on their allies.

The rules of the battle gave the attackers one hour to overrun the defenders inside the Pennsic fort. The Allied armies were given two resurrections when they attacked, while the East-Middle coalition was given three resurrections. Defenders inside the castle were given no resurrections. In case the fort was overrun, the army that held the fort the longest would be victorious.

The East-Middle coalition defended the fort first. The coalition had the Oaken, Constellation, and Meduseld armies on the east gate, Darkyard, Pentamere and the Southern army on the central gate and the Ulsterblichen and Northern Army on the west gate. At the sound of the cannon, Black Talon and the Tuchux led the first charge over the causeway and into the heart of the coalition’s defenses. For the better part of a half-hour, the defense on all their gates stood firm, despite repeated pulses through central gate by numerous forces. On the west gate, the Atlantian army was able to get through the breach, but there they were checked by the East Kingdom’s defenses.
It was the east gate that fell, despite a dogged resistance from the Midrealm forces holding it. A small force of Calontiri warriors first punched through and made it to the central gate before being dispatched.

With the gate breached, however, the Allies poured everything into the final push. Forces from Black Talon and Æthelmearc swept across the heart of the castle, while Ironlance rushed the remaining defenders on the central gate. The end came when a rising tide of Allies reached the west gate and decimated the final defenders. The cannon sounded at 36:06.

Needing to hold out at least as long to claim victory, the Allies settled in for their turn at defending. Calontir and Ealdormere were sent to the east gate, while Æthelmearc, Black Talon and the Tuchux held the center gate. Atlantia held the outside of the west gate, backed up by warriors from Trimaris and House Clovenshield.

However, TRMs Dag and Gryffith chose a different strategy to attack the fort: they chose to combine their units. The strategy worked. Atlantia had its hands full dealing with a combined assault led by Houses Darkmoon and Serpentia, while the center gate’s forces bowed heavily under the weight of the initial charge.

It was the east gate again which was breached. A combined thrust from the Oaken Army and Ulsterblichen punched a hole in the defenses before a hold was called. After several Midrealm knights symbolically carried off HRM Dag after he was slain near the central gate, a tidal wave of East and Middle fighters flowed through the east gate and swept across the battlefield. The cannon sounded at the 15:30 mark, giving the East-Middle coalition a solid victory.

Both Their Majesties expressed contentment at both the tone of the battle and its outcome.

“It was very heroic on both sides, our Allies and our noble cousins of the Midrealm,” HRM Gryffith said. “We look forward to meeting them again on the field the week.”

“Fighting along with our brothers in the East was meant to increase the friendship between our armies,” HRM Dag said. “I’m completely satisfied with the battle.”

Tuesday’s Big Battle: The Great Wall Battle

Unfortunately, the newfound alliance between in the East and Middle will not last, as the two Great Armies will face each other for the first time in the Great Wall battle. Victory in this 60-minute, unlimited resurrection battle will go to the side which maintain control of three “towers” inside the wall.

What to watch for: Spear duels and counter-charges. On paper, this battle looks to have many elements of the old bridge battles, save the resurrections. And our fencing brothers have a chance to play for a War point on the Great Wall after the heavies.

Dragon’s Victory at the River Wins War

By DonalBane of Blakmers

For the Pennsic Independent

After 17 War points, Midrealm Dragons 11, East Tygers 6

The Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm met for the final time this War Friday as the Tyger and Dragon fought it out in the River Battle. With the final two heavy weapons War Points up for grabs, the Midrealm could secure victory at Pennsic XXXVI with a win.
It took some time for the “river” to be assembled, but it came into form just before the battle took place. This non-resurrection battle was fought to the last man over three bridges running north to south. Fighters could also “ford” the river by crossing on their knees.

The Dragon’s forces deployed themselves on the south side of the river. Calontir, Northshield and Æthelmearc were deployed to take the east bridge, while the bulk of the Midrealm army was assigned to the central bridge. Atlantia was assigned to take the west bridge with the Darkyard legion held in central reserve.

Determined not to concede to the War, the Tyger deployed its force on the north shore. The East’s western allies and the Ulsterblichen were assigned to the east bridge, while the Northern Army was stationed on the central bridge. To the west, forces from Black Talon and the Tuchux were deployed with Ealdormere held in central reserve.

At the sound of the cannon, the forces ran to their respective bridges, but were reluctant to cross as neither side wished to lose their forces unnecessarily. For long stretches, the two armies stared at each other across the bridges without engaging.
It was clear the East wanted to assume a defensive posture as all three of its bridge guards did not move into the bridges. The Midrealm tried everything to entice the Tyger to attack — the Barony of Cynnabar made a false charge and the House Darkmoon performed a Zulu dance on the central bridge — but the Tyger stood firm.

When it became clear the Dragon’s forces would have to press the issue, the Midrealm sent several forces fording across the river to help stretch out the Tyger’s forces. The Ironlance brigade was decimated during one such action, but the fording parties had more success once the major pushes began.

The first such push came from the Atlantians, who stormed the west bridge with Darkyard behind them. Not long after, the Pentamere and Oaken army spearheaded the Midrealm’s assault on the central bridge.

The East’s forces put up a heroic defense, particularly on the central bridge. The Northern Army looked to be at the breaking point several times, only to the throw the Dragon back. When Ealdormerean reinforcements arrived, the East countercharged and looked like they might snatch victory.

However, one last charge for the Atlantians along with help from a Midrealm fording party at the extreme western edge of the battlefield caused a breakout on the east bridge. The Tyger still refused to yield and a long, diagonal skirmish line formed across the battlefield.

The end came when Æthelmearcian fording parties helped put pressure on the west bridge and House Darkmoon circled round from the west and charged up the central bridge, finally blowing the lid on the East’s heroic defense. After squeezing the last Ealdormere defenders to the edge of the battlefield, Midrealm forces swept east, sweeping the final Tyger defenders before them. The East fought to the last man, but the cannon’s roar confirmed a Midrealm victory: Two Dragon War points and victory in the Pennsic War for the Middle Kingdom.
Midrealm forces were celebrating as HRM Dag addressed his troops.

“We have put this one in the bank!” HRM Dag said, to jubilant cheers. “The sun has come out in celebration of our victory. We must also thank those who made our heroics possible this day. Without them, we would be facing an empty field.”

Saturday’s Big Battle: The flight of Dragons through the gates!

As always, HUZZAH, VIVAT, HOOBAH and WASSAIL to the warriors and warrior watchers of the Known World. May you have all the best until Pennsic XXXVII.

East Holds Onto Great Wall Before Mother Nature Sweeps Field

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

After five War points: East Tygers 3, Midrealm Dragons 2

Under threatening skies on Tuesday, the Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm faced off for the first time this Pennsic as the Tyger and Dragon stormed to the top of the Great Wall.

This new battle was fought over one long wall with three “towers” inside, with each side having two breach points to assault the wall. The battle was scheduled for 60 minutes with unlimited resurrections. Ownership of each tower was signified by a raising a blue or red flag on a post at the center of each tower. Holding onto a tower for the majority of the battle earned one War point.
The East’s forces mustered on the north side of the wall. The Great Northern Army led the charge at the Tyger’s east breach point and was joined by elements from Meridies, Markland and the East’s Western Allies. On the Tyger’s west breach point, the Ulsterblichen and Black Talon led an international coalition, which included forces from Ealdormere, the Southern Army and the Tuchux.
Meanwhile, the Midrealm forces assembled on the south side of the wall. The bulk of the Midrealm army posted itself on the east breach point and was joined by forces from Calontir and Trimaris. The western breach point was entrusted to Æthelmearc and Atlantia.
At the sound of the cannon, a mad dash from both sides began towards the towers. Being closer, the Northern Army was able to get to the east tower quickly, despite a determined attack by Darkyard. Likewise, the Atlantians quickly rushed the west tower and were able to repulse the first attempts on the tower by Black Talon.

The bulk of the fighting happened around the central tower. Fast-moving troops from the Ultsterblichen were able to seize the tower early, but found themselves under heavy assault from House Clovenshield. As both sides rushed in forces, the central tower became a most pit of spears and polearms. A determined countercharge by the Tuchux gave the East’s forces just enough room to claim the tower and organize the defenses.

For the rest of the fight, the lines remained relatively static, with the bulk of the fighting contained on the wall between the east and central towers. The Midrealm forces threw everything they had at both towers, but through they were able to get into the towers, the banners never were changed.
Meanwhile, forces from Æthelmearc and Atlantia took turns manning the front lines in the west tower. They were able to repulse charge after charge from the East’s forces.

The battle was scheduled to go for an hour, but the flow of the fight was slowed by numerous holds. Then, at about noon, the battle was brought to an abrupt halt due to lightning.

After conferring with TRMs Dag and Gryffith, Duke Brannos, marshal-in-charge, declared the battle over, giving the East two war points and the Midrealm one for each tower they held.

The ensuing storm was a full-blooded Pennsic beast, which forced all other heavy fighting activities on Tuesday to be cancelled.

Wednesday’s Big Battle:

The Field Battle

And now, my lords and ladies, its time for the main event. If Mother Nature cooperates, upwards of 1,500 fighters will meet each other in this last-man-standing affair. There will be three fights this year, each worth one War point, with combat archery and siege weapons allowed in the third.

What to watch for: The first charge. I’ve heard many say you can feel the first charge of the Pennsic field battle. It remains one of the greatest spectacles in the Known World.

Fencing Champions Go Down to the Wire

By Master Liam St. Liam

for the Pennsic Independent

In the end, the Rapier War Point hinged on the final pass of the final bout.

Don Pascual del Mar of the East, moments after losing an arm, flashed inside of Connor Livingstone of Atlantia and killed him with a hit to the neck. giving the East a 16-14 victory in a tournament that was tightly contested for nearly three hours on a hot Monday afternoon.

“I think that shot would have decapitated me if it had been a real swordfight,” said Livingstone, a provost who was fighting as a Midrealm ally.

The East and the Midrealm each had 20 of their own fencers and 10 allies for an afternoon that was highly attended by royalty from across the Known World.

Fighting started with the respective King’s and Queen’s champions pairing up, then continued with the Royals taking turns choosing which contestant to send out first.

Strategy became critical in the later stages of the tournament as the East won eight of the last 11 bouts, including crucial victories over some of the Midrealm’s strongest allies. “We got the best fencers in the Known World,” said Doña Nataliia Evgenova Svatislovina, the East’s warlord, who worked closely with Dona Mercedes de Calafia in advising the king and queen on which fencer to send out.
The second of the three fencing war points will be the Great Wall battle at 1 p.m. today, and the third is the Woods battle at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The tide began to turn for the East when former EK warlord Don Antonio Patriquin survived a rugged battle with Don Robert MacFarland of Ansteorra, one of the Midrealm’s most dangerous allies. Don Antonio took one of Don Robert’s legs, then killed him with a shot to the head.

Lord Andrea Lapervier followed with a victory over Baron Master Quinn Kerr of Æthelmearc, and Lord Nathaniel Wyatt took out another key ally, Master Aedan Aylwyn, an Atlantian provost.

Lord Adam McAoidh and Warder Colin MacNish got two points back for the Middle Kingdom, but the East went on to win the last three bouts to claim the Champions battle for the first time in three years.

Lord Donovan Shinnock from the Barony of Carolingia topped Lord John Marvell of Glenn Abhain, and Don Alexander Lerot d’Avigne, the Viceroy of Østgard, followed, after losing on his first pass and killing Doña Arnaz of Trimaris to give the East a 15-14 lead. In the middle bout, Doña Arnaz took Don Alexandre’s hand, then gave up a point of honor, tossing her cane to the side.

The final bout was worth waiting all afternoon for. In a match of very different styles, Don Pascual, an in-fighter who fights aggressively, took on Connor, whose fighting style is loose, fluid and involves a lot of movement. The pair split the first two passes, and on the third, Connor took Don Pascual’s hand.

After they reset, Don Pascual moved in quickly, killing Connor and giving the victory to the East.

The East had started the tournament with a 2-0 after victories by King’s Champion Don Ian of Tadcaster and Queen’s Champion Doña Lilias de Cheryngton.

Warder Christian Fournier won for the Midrealm, but the East countered with a victory by Don Ivan Ulrickson. Lord William of Leondomere of Caid won for the Middle, and Don Nogel of Castle West and Don Duncan Kieran won for the East before Warder Maximilian de Zauberer gave the Middle a victory.

Other winners were Lord Blayde of the East, who was fighting for the East, Warder Zygmunt Nardvaski of the Middle, Lord Bear of the Middle, Seignior Jean-Paul Justin Casse and Don Orlando Sforza of the East, Don Iago Bentitez of Æthelmearc, fighting for the Middle, Sir Stephen Aldred of Lochac, fighting for the East, Warder Brighid MacCumnal, Signore Lorenzo de Calabria and Warder Ceanntighern Macillchellan of the Middle, Lord Griffith Davion of the East, Lord Ogedei Becinjab of the East, and Lady Amanita Villarosa of the Middle.

Prior to the tournament Warder Martyn Baxter, the Midrealm King’s Champion, received his Bronze Ring, and Don Sebastian Estevan de Xavier received his Order of the Golden Rapier from the royalty of the East.

From North to South…with love

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

For the Pennsic Independent

Nearly two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left many Society members destitute, lives are slowly being rebuilt with the help of friends. Society members have been generous in donating everyday items as well as things such as fabric and raw materials to help rebuild their medieval gear. But as those of us who have been in the Society many years know, some items are not easy to replace. Mistress Tatiana Marana Melville from the Kingdom of Northshield is coordinating a very special project to help meet these unique needs.

Mistress Tatiana saw the devastation wrought by the storms first hand when she and a number of Northshielders traveled to the Barony of Seleone to deliver a truckload of donations of fabric and other items a few months after the hurricanes. Other Northshielders continued the relief efforts at Gulf Wars, and it became clear that many had lost so much that they were having a hard time comprehending what they needed to replace in their regular lives—let alone their SCA lives. “My idea was to ask those who lost so much what one item from their SCA life that they would dearly love to replace,” said Mistress Tatiana. What makes this fundraiser different is that rather than replacing general items, it seeks to fulfill single wishes for unique items. Those who need the help have been nominated by friends or have mentioned their wishes in correspondence with Mistress Tatiana. Groups such as Baronies that have lost items are also eligible.

In speaking with renowned Northshield bard Mistress Wyndreth Berginsdottir, Mistress Tatiana learned that Mistress Wyndreth and a number of friends had put together a CD just after the disaster, but it had never been released. THL Finnr Bjornsson, Lady Aelfraeda of Shattered Oak and Mistress Wyndreth agreed to produce the CD, now entitled “For Those Who Face the Flooding: Benefit for Our Friends,” as a fundraiser for this project. Mistress Tatiana has also been collecting various other donations, offers of service, and funds from a variety of donors.

“The letters that the people have written in have been amazing and hard to describe,” said Mistress Tatiana. “They have had me in tears for what these people went through and lost…they write about it in a matter of fact manner but the feelings of what they felt then and what they feel now are so very clear. It brings warmth to my heart to know that we can help others get something that they could not get for themselves at this point.”

So far six people have been written in to the project. Some requests are for items that can be purchased, such as books; others are for handcrafted items. One request for two Books of Hours has already been fulfilled, and requests for scrolls, a corset and leather arm armour are in progress. Craftspeople who can make lucets and arrows are being sought for two more requests. Mistress Tatiana said that the project will continue as long as the letters keep coming in.

The CD can be found at the Sword Moon booth (#175). “Be prepared to be affected at the title song, “For those who face the Flooding”,” said Mistress Tatiana.” Mistress Wyndreth’s songs have a habit of making me cry and sending shivers down my spine and this song does both.” Craftspeople who would like to donate their services or those who would like to make monetary donations should contact Mistress Tatiana at tatianam@ameritech.net or at 262-513-1271. More information on the project, as well as how to make a nomination, can be found at http://www.tatianas-treasures.com/TT/tree.asp

Halfway through the History

By Noelle of Pentamere

Wednesday, August 1st found many heavy fighters signing up for the first of the six Historic Combat Series (HCS) tournaments. These tournaments were meant to be different from the period-style tournaments such as the Pas d’Armes that have previously been held at Pennsic. Baron Asbjorn Johansun, who originally began the HCS, said that he wanted to get away from these types of battles and create something new and interesting that all fighters would enjoy. These fights are in the tradition of Le Jeu de La Hache, Talhoffer, and Ringeck. Instead of wearing all armor these fighters would wear less to get more of the flow of combat. They would also have different places to hit for a kill as compared to traditional SCA combat. Lord Murdoch McArthur from the Kingdom of Northshield ran the HCS this year in Baron Asbjorn’s stead.

The rules for the first tournament were that only pole arms were to be used and there were specific ways of killing one’s opponent. A fighter could be killed by being hit on the inside of the elbow, their armpit, the head three times, the eyes when the helm is open-faced, and although strongly discouraged, the groin area. Also, the fighter could be considered killed if they are knocked over by their opponent or fall over themselves. If one of them ends up dropping their weapon they are then open to be killed by the other, without waiting for their opponent to recover their weapon..

Sir Vladimir Ivonivich Aleksancrov and Sir Corby de Laflamme, both from Atlantia, found themselves facing each other in the finals of the single elimination. Then, after only a few minutes, Vladimir ended up killing Corby with three blows to the head.

The prize for Vladimir was a pole head. He was jokingly teased by the other fighters that his wife was going to use it to hit him over the head.

Thursday’s rules were the same but the combatants used a long sword instead. They used the two-handed swords in the tradition of Liechtenauer and Fiore. After the very long round robin style format, with 13 competitors, HRM Valharic of Atlantia won the combats with long swords. The prize was a period Italian book by Massimo Malipiero.

The third combat series, also on Thursday, was with sword and buckler. Death was imminent with a solid blow to anywhere on the body to simulate unarmored fighters. The fighter loses if they cannot recover their dropped weapon before his opponent touches him with his sword. He also loses if he falls and cannot recover before his opponent kills him.

After a much shorter round robin, since they did them three bouts at a time, Sir Valgard Stonecleaver from the East found himself as the winner. Lord Murdoch presented him with a shield boss stating that he would have given him a finished buckler but he was unsure of what they would like, so now Sir Valgard can make his own.

The Historic Combat Series continues on Monday and Tuesday with “As Real Men Fought,” “The Challenges at Vannes” and the Plate and Mail Tourney. Check them out on the tourney lists near the Main Battlefield. They are very entertaining to watch.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

By Grizzly for the Pennsic Independent

This year at Pennsic has been a wet one—activities have been canceled and plans have been put on hold. What do SCAdians do to pass the time when the hatches have been battened down, everyone is safe and dry and the only thing to do is ride the storm out?
I wandered around the camp today when the weather allowed and I looked around, listened and asked that very question.

There is a camp along the road on the back side of the lake where the inhabitants prefer to spend their evenings relaxing in camp and watching Pennsic TV — watching people wander past their camp on their way to and from the evenings activities. Those of you who have taken that particular evening stroll have seen the large wooden frame along side the road in the shape of a television. When the evening’s entertainment is good enough it is rewarded with a small token of appreciation.

When the rain made it unsuitable to even sit in camp and catch up on a little television, what did they do to pass the time until the gods blessed us once again with a little sun? They retreated under a dining fly and into a giant game of Risk.

Many SCAdians are gamers. They play roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Risk, just about any cared game, and World of Warcraft—but usually not here. At Pennsic you get the opportunity to try your hand at period games and do a little wagering with buttons, handmade coins or marshmallows.

Shopping is also a big event at Pennsic. Most SCAdians are shoppers at heart. The rain held off for Midnight Madness the other night and the streets were filled with shoppers, but even in the rain today I saw people browsing through the merchant tents and asking ”how much?”

But the one activity I saw everywhere without fail was conversation. People can retire to their tents or the barn, telling stories or catching up with one another. “Guess what I saw at this booth,” ”How have you been? “ “No___ there I was…”

Everywhere I turned people were taking and sharing stories. We are a friendly bunch, and there’s nothing we like to do more than sit down and talk, catch up with old friends, tell old stories to newcomers and tell big tales about those no longer here. After all, the “S” in SCA stands for Society.

Most people I know, when getting ready for an event are looking forward to fighting or to how they’re going to do in A&S, but most of all they look forward to reconnecting with friends they don’t get to see very often.

I’m not much of a gamer and I wasn’t born with the shopping gene, but if you want chat I’m all ears and I’ve got one or two for you guaranteed to get a laugh.

“No ___ there I was at Pennsic. It was raining and…”

Keeping Urchins Safe at Pennsic

As the number of families with children who come to Pennsic continues to rise, so too does the need for clear policies regarding supervision of young people. There have been no changes to the rules in place for a number of years regarding minors—requiring a parent or court appointed guardian to be on site for the duration of the War, requiring those under 12 to be in voice range of a responsible adult or teen at all times, and requiring all young people under 16 to be either in their encampment or in the company of their parent or court-appointed guardian after 11 pm. What has changed is that this year there are clear penalties for first, second, and third transgressions of these rules for both the minor and their parent or guardian. It has been made clear that these policies will be enforced. The complete text may be found at http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn36/GENERAL/siterules.html#MINOR.

The Pennsic Independent, as a source ofincome for the young people (Urchins) who sell our papers on a daily basis, is committed to ensuring these rules are respected. As a result, Urchins must be 13 or older to sell alone. Those 12 and under may sell with an adult or teen who has been designated as being responsible for their child. The number of hours an Urchin can sell papers will be limited to four hours a day.

We are also enforcing some additional policies to help ensure the safety of our Urchins. Urchins also must stay out of camps unless it is their own camp. They may sell at the gate of the camp, but may not enter. Urchins begin selling the paper at 9 am each day, rain or shine. We are asking the Pennsic populace to respect these rules by not inviting Urchins into their camps. “Some camps have gotten creative in the past, setting a box at the gate with subscription tabs, dollars with notes requesting a paper, and tips so the Urchins don't even need to cry at the gate,” noted Despotissa Heirusalem, publisher of the Pennsic Independent. She added that signs will be available at the Independent office after Wednesday of the first week to identify camps that would like to receive the Independent.

What happens if a rule is broken? If it is a Pennsic Independent policy, we will contact the parent to discuss the infraction. Sometimes minor problems can be worked out without needing to escalate. However, if a Pennsic youth rule is broken, the incident will be reported and the Urchin will no longer be permitted to sell newspapers. “We have been very fortunate that we have never had to call the Pennsic staff to deal with an Urchin issue,” said Despotissa Heirusalem. “Our parents have always understood the rules and have made sure that their children do, too. We value those parents as much as we value our Urchins.”

Over many years, the Urchins have become a valuable part of the Independent team. Urchins sell the paper for a commission and tips, and courteous and helpful Urchins often make over $50 a day. To ensure their safety, we make sure they are wearing appropriate footwear, provide hats where needed, and water in bottles to carry with them. We also provide them with a bonus if they act responsibly and sell on a consistent basis, as well as a pizza party on Thursday night of War week. They have become part of the Pennsic experience, with their familiar chant “Pennsic Independent! Only a dollar!”

Urchin safety is of utmost importance to the Independent. Commented Despotissa Heirusalem, “I am also a mother, and feel strongly about keeping the Urchins safe, healthy, and happy.” Whether you are an Urchin parent, a customer, or just a member of the Pennsic community, we trust you will continue to help make this possible.

For more information on the PI Urchins and Urchin rules, please see http://pennsicindependent.com/about/urchins

Midrealm Powers Through East, Sweeps Field

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

After 12 War points: Midrealm Dragons 7, East Tygers 5

The Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm met again Wednesday for one of the biggest spectacles in the Known World: the field battle. With the Dragon’s rapier warriors having tied the War earlier in the morning, the lead in the War was up for grabs as the East lined up on the west side of the field and the Midrealm assembled on the east side.

It was clear that the Midrealm and its allies possessed numerical superiority, a key factor in past field battles. While there was some fluctuation, the Dragon forces generally arrayed themselves with Northshield, Calontir, the Great Dark Horde and Æthelmearc to the north, the bulk of the Midrealm army in the center and Atlantia to the south.

The outnumbered East warriors attempted to use strategy to offset their numbers. For the first fight, the East deployed Ealdormere to the south, Black Talon and East army forces to the center and Markland and Tuchux to the north.

The first battle saw both armies march into the center. The East made the first charge, but they were nearly enveloped. To the north, the Æthelmearc, Calontir and Northshield forces went the length of the field and crunched through the Tuchux and other forces. After overrunning the East’s units, the remnants of the northern force joined a spiraling melee in the center. House Clovenshield was first on the scene, signaling the demise of the dwindling East forces.

For the second battle, the East shifted Black Talon, Ealdormere and most of its other forces northward. Only the Tuchux stayed to the extreme south of the battlefield. The East’s forces did not move from their muster points until the Midrealm was three-quarters across the field.

The Northern Army and Ulsterblichen broke first, attempting to drive a dagger through the Midrealm’s central lines. To the south, Atlantia and Tuchux went at it like dogs, but Atlantia’s superior forces prevailed.

To the north, Northshield and Ealdormere were in a mosh pit, but Æthelmearc’s arrival sealed the White Wolf’s fate. The Midrealm forces in the center engaged in holding actions against the East until it was clear the Tyger was losing manpower. The end came with the Midrealm’s central and northern forces squeezing the final Eastern remnants.

The third fight allowed for combat archery, but it availed the East little more luck. This time, Black Talon took the north side and Tuchux and the Uslterblichen took the south. Once again, the Midrealm’s forces on the north swept the field and this time turned the corner and headed south.

Meanwhile, the Midrealm’s forces were able to completely encircle the East’s forces in the center, with Ironlance closing the trap from behind. With the forces to the north and center eradicated, the whole of the Midrealm army marched south to join Atlantia in a relentless final squeeze on the Tuchux on the extreme northern edge of the battlefield.

Having seen his forces sweep all three fights, Sir Theodric, General of the Midrealm army, was beaming after the fight. “The whole damn army performed above the call today,” Theodric said. “The excellence of this army and its allies was shown in every single fight.”

Midrealm Seizes the Woods

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

After 15 War Points: Midrealm Dragons 9, East Tygers 6

The Grand Armies of the Midrealm and East were able to dodge the storms long enough Thursday to compete in a Pennsic original: the Woods Battle. This year’s battle was a 90-minute, unlimited resurrection fight over three banners. Possession of each banner earned each side a War point.

The Midrealm took the long way up, entering the battle from the north with its numerically superior force.

Ealdormere attempted to raise its army’s spirits by bringing forth its polar bear contingent. These bears showed the way to the East’s entrance in the south.

At the sound of the cannon, fighters charged up the slopes and into the fray. According to reports from the front, the Midrealm’s forces were able to seize the Midrealm and central banner on its initial charge, while the East was able to seize its own banner.

Gentles coming from within the battle said the East’s strategy was to concentrate its forces on holding its own banner. Despite repeated charges from the Midrealm forces, the banner was held as Black Talon, the Tuchux and others put up a dogged resistance.

A collection of East fighters held the banner at the end in the face of a final Midrealm charge.

At the Midrealm banner, the Dragon’s forces were well entrenched and held on with little trouble. Forces from the Midlands army were seen bringing the banner out of the woods.
While the central banner saw more action during the course of the battle, one female fighter from House Ironwolf claimed she had possession of the banner for the full 90 minutes. Forces from Ironwolf, Cleftlands and Middle Marches emerged from the woods with the banner, giving the Midrealm a 2-1 win.

Jubilant forces from the Midrealm and Æthelmearc gathered together after the win. HRH Palymar spoke on behalf of HRM AnneMarie.

“On behalf of her Majesty, I want to thank you all for your efforts today,” HRH Palymar said. “You came out here when others did not. When others stayed out, you kept going in. You are all true heroes and true warriors.”

HRM Rurik of Æthelmearc had high praise for both kingdom’s commanders and warriors.
“No one failed in their task,” HRM Rurik said. “Everyone did what they needed to do. We have worked hard to set up a command structure and it worked flawlessly today.”

Friday’s Big Battle: The River Battle

The final major engagement of the War will be a last-man standing affair. There will be three bridges over a 90-inch wide river, which will split the battlefield into north and south portions. Fighters can “ford” the river on their knees.

What to watch for: Quick moving engagements. This fight looks to have the soul of the field battle and bridge battle intertwined. The lack of combat archery means fording the river will not be suicide as it was last year. Look for the battle to flow quickly for the final two heavy weapons War points.

Rescheduled events

The Rapier Woods Battle, postponed on account of weather, is now at 2 pm today. Muster is at 1. East Kingdom Rapier is cancelled.

Monday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

Ninth Annual Known World Squires Tournament

The Kingdom of Atlantia hosted its annual Known World Squires Tournament Monday and the event continues to grow in size and prestige. This year, no less than 168 squires participated in this double-elimination Atlantian speed tournament.

The field was narrowed down to three finalists: Lord Simon DeMonte of the East, Lord William Thomas of Atlantia and Lord Theron Andronlkos of Atlantia. The three would fight a round-robin final, which was won by Lord William Thomas with two wins.

Calontir Great Sword Tournament

Lords with big swords (five feet or longer) got a chance to test their prowess before HRM Cadfael of Calontir in this double elimination tournament. Thirteen gentles came out to fight, with Lord Fredrick of Axtery and Sir Hirsh Ross Eichmann making their way to the finals.
The final bout was a best-of-three affair, but it was lengthened due to several double kills. Finally, Sir Hirsh claimed victory 2-1.

PI Assistant Editor Lord Stephen Calvert deGrey Awarded Chivalry Honors?!?

by Beatrice de Winter

Lord Stephen Calvert deGrey was heralding for the Baronial Championship Saturday June 23, Anno Sociatatus 42 in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

Upon the announcement that a new Chivalry champion was to be chosen, he called Lord Otfrid Ammerthaler into court as instructed by their Excellencies, Baron William Freskyn Murray and Baroness Katherine Kiersey. Suddenly, and with a wry smile, Baron William Freskyn Murray interjected at this time, demanding the scroll and subsequently tasking Lord Otfrid to read this missive. Unbeknownst to everyone however, the clever Lord Otfrid was secretly playing the role of "stunt herald."

Reading the scroll, he surreptitiously inserted the name "Lord Stephen Calvert deGrey" as the new Champion. Lord Calvert stared at him with a deer-in-the-headlights look, followed quickly by a sneer and a scowl as he realized that he'd been tricked. Grudgingly, he attended their Excellencies, muttering assorted curses under his breath. Baron
William, ignoring these mutterings, bestowed great words of praise to Lord Calvert for his involvement in the Barony, his willingness to assist others wherever and whenever assistance was needed, as well as his frequent concern for the welfare of the lovely Baroness. With that, Lord Stephen Calvert deGrey was presented his scroll and the other accoutrements of his title.

And so it is that the P.I.'s very own curmudgeon, Lord Calvert, was honored as Chivalry Champion of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael for all of his hard work, dedication, and service to the dream, much to the surprise of the staff of the P.I. One member of the staff was heard to exclaim, "You're kidding, right? Calvert? You must be mistaken!"

When questioned about receiving the title of Baronial Chivalry Champion, a boisterous and befuddled Calvert stated, "I have a reputation as a rogue and a scoundrel to uphold and I would greatly like to maintain that. If you people start thinking I'm a nice person I'll never get a lick of work out of you, especially the writers. I'm still going to be that "bastard editor from Hell" no matter what anyone else says!"

However, another gentle living in the Barony, who has asked to remain anonymous, claims that Calvert is a well respected member of the Rhydderich Hael who has always been thoughtful and courteous in her presence. "Any time I've needed a hand with something at an event, he's been more than willing to do so. He's particularly helpful during The Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, working as a Minister of the Lists and creating those terribly complex double elimination trees. I don't know what we'd do without him!"

(Publisher's Note: Lord Calvert is one of the finest, hard-working members of our staff. All teasing aside, we are all very proud of him and not the least bit surprised at this honor.)

Pennsic Firewood Information

Greetings!

Please be aware that the state of Pennsylvania has instituted a ban on the transportation of hardwood firewood into or out of the Pennsic area.

Do not bring firewood with you to Pennsic. Please use firewood purchased locally (at or near Pennsic) and do not take unused firewood home with you after War.

For exact details, please see the "Firewood Quarantine in Butler County" page on the Pennsic website.

http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn36/GENERAL/firewood.html

Feel free to forward this message to any and all interested people or email lists.

In service,

Duchess Marion FitzWilliam,

Deputy Mayor for Pennsic Information Services

Pennsic Independent Web Editor Ill

Subscribers and readers,

The PI Web Editor has been ill for the past week, and was unable to come in today.

Despoitssa Heirusalem Crystoma, PI Publisher, is attempting to fill her shoes until we are ensured of her health. (Likely tomorrow.) However, the Despotissa is not as familiar with the workings of things such as the downloads. Therefore, we regret that the PDFs for today's issue are not yet available. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause. We will get the issue up as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your patience!

Despotissa Heirusalem Crystoma, Publisher of The Pennsic Independent

Saturday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

Tarl’s Little Polearm Tournament II

For the second straight year, THL Tarl Shadowraven hosted a tournament with his favorite weapon style: the polearm. The tournament drew 43 gentles from throughout the Known World.

The polearm-loving fighters engaged in a bear-pit style tournament with four pits. Each fighter earned two points for a win and one point for a loss. The tournament was broken into two 45-minute halves — including a “halftime show” with sword dancing.
After the festivities were over, Count Sir Maynard Von dem Steine won the overall tournament with 134 points. Count Maynard then fought Tarl in a best-of-five fight, which Maynard won 3-1.

Every gentle who attended the tournament walked away with some sort of prize.

Lost Boys Kamikaze Battle

Taking its traditional place as the first large-scale melee of the War, the Lost Boys Kamikaze Battle returned Sunday to the west side of the battlefield. As usual, this “fight all you want” melee brought a large group of gentles for an unlimited resurrection brawl. With the yellow army and the orange army doing battle, victory went to all who had fun.

Individual gentles from throughout the Known World came the fight, including HRM Drogo of Caid. Elements from House Clovenshield, the Tuchux, the East Kingdom’s Northern Army, the Midrealm’s Oaken Army and Black Talon were all spotted in the battle.

St. Michael’s Vespers

After taking a few years off at Pennsic, the Company of St. Michael returned Saturday to compete in deeds of arms. Five members of the company came forward to perform combat to counted blow or with historically accurate combat conditions (thrusts to vulnerable spots, disarming an opponent, driving him to the ground or driving him from the list counted as automatic kills.)

Under the stewardship of Master Galaran de Cressy, Earl Yngvar of Æthelmearc, Lord Murdoch MacArthur of Northshield, Lord Kenneth Mutsorell of the Midrealm, Baron Angus Taylor of East and Baron Robert Downey of the Midrealm participated in the deeds.
The warriors fought with lance, ax, halfsword and dagger for the benefit of several assembled ladies.

Serengeti Campers Assist Crash Victims

By Ursula the Widow

for the Pennsic Independent

Dozens of SCAdians responded to a serious traffic accident on I-79 Thursday evening, just north of N19.

The sounds of the crash were heard all along the Serengeti. Many campers rushed to help, carrying first aid kits, fire extinguishers and jugs of fresh water. So many calls were placed to 911 that the emergency phone system was temporarily disabled.

Lord Antonio Vicini, was among the first on the scene, along with a fellow member of the Barony of Brendoken who has EMT training. The two saw an overturned vehicle on the southbound side of the median. A man was on the ground a
few feet from the car. A woman was trapped in the car.

The EMT from Brendoken, who asked not to be named, assessed the male casualty and stayed talking to him and
keeping him motionless. Other SCAdians arriving, including an emergency room doctor and nurse, attended to the female
casualty. NorthWest EMS was there very shortly thereafter and administered oxygen to both casualties. “We were probably
six deep in medical field personnel before the outside authorities showed up,” Antonio said.

Two Pennsylvania state police cars, a Portersville ambulance and a fire rescue truck were on the scene in less than
ten minutes. At that point a decision was made to Life Flight both injured people to hospitals.

The injured man told those on the scene that he had been traveling north when the accident occurred.
Lord Antonio commented, “One of the cool things was that, as the medical people began helping the injured, the SCAdians
who were on the scene who were unable to assist them began directing traffic until the troopers got there.” A trooper took Lord Antonio’s and his friend’s statements.

A PI reporter witnessed two STAT Med Evac helicopters land on the highway then take off shortly after. It is not presently known to what hospitals the two were taken.

Sunday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers

for the Pennsic Independent

The Battle of the Thirty

For the third year at Pennsic, a noble group of the gentles assembled to attempt to recreate the Battle of the Thirty, a famous battle from the Hundred Years War. Thirty gentles under Earl Yngvar the Dismal of Æthelmearc represented the English, while Sir Kieran Annach MacLeod of the Midrealm led 30 French gentles.

This fight was fought using historic combat rules, meaning only a thrust to a vulnerable spot on the armor registered a kill. Fighters could also be “stunned” by sustaining three blows to the head. A stunned or yielding fighter could be captured and taken for ransom. Ransoms were paid with fabric, jewelry, furniture and many other fine items provided by the fighters. The first fight was rollicking affair with many ransoms paid on both sides. However, the French were able to score more kills and win the field. In the second, non-ransom fight, the French were able to barrel over their English counterparts.

Known World Unbelted Champions Tournament

The Kingdom of Ealdormere hosted a 15-man unbelted champions tournament for the fourth year. This tournament has gained wide acclaim in its short life and several kingdoms combined their forces for this brawl. TRMs Edouard and Domhnail had high praise for all the teams, but it was Atlantia who won the tournament with a 7-0 record.
Other scores included: Æthelmearc 6-1, East-Middle 5-2, Ealdormere 3-4, Artemisia-Adenveldt-Caid 3-4, Middle-East 2-5, Northshield-Trimaris 2-5, Calontir 0-7.

Duke Olaf’s Two-Sword Tournament

Duke Olaf Askoldsson of Atlantia hosted a tournament for those who favor two swords. Duke Olaf noted, “Two-sword is an elite form and the elite came out to fight today.” The contest was run as a double-elimination Atlantian speed tournament.
The tournament came down to Sir Gabriel of Maccuswell and Ritter Brion Londgraff Von Bellatrix in the finals. Sir Gabriel won the tournament by winning two straight fights.

Warriors of History Tournament

Duchy Von DrakenKlave hosted its second annual Warriors of History Tournament Sunday. The tournament encouraged gentles to bring armor from a specific time-period and encouraged authenticity.

After a melee in which warriors were grouped by century, won by the sixth century team, the warriors took part in a double elimination tournament. Brother Amos the Pius bested Baron Angus Kerr in the finals. Rodrigo Othello Alfonso DeGranada was also recognized for having the finest armor as he took the field in a sixth-century Byzantine kit.

Greybeard Tournament

Fighters who claim “I’m getting too old for this stuff” had no excuse Sunday as the Greybeard Tournament returned for a third year. Nineteen fighters over the age of 50 took part in this year’s double elimination tournament.The finals came down to Sir Bran of Outremer and Master Ruslan Novgorodcev. Master Ruslan won the tournament by beating Sir Bran in two straight fights.

Swamp Watch Returns for Second Year

By Lord Stephan Calvert deGrey

With the size of the Pennsic War always growing by leaps and bounds each year, there are some areas that have generally proven more difficult for Pennsic Public Safety to patrol than others because of distance and accessibility. The newer campgrounds in the Bog are just such an area. Since they are so far from the main parts of the war and are very heavily wooded (many of these camps are located in the old Woods Battle site), this has proven to be problem areas over the last few years, particularly after dark in areas where it is difficult to see well. Last year, many of the camps that reside in the area decided to do something about it. Thus the Swamp Watch was born.

The Swamp Watch is an informal, yet highly organized volunteer security force operating with the full approval of and in cooperation with Pennsic Public Safety. They monitor activity in the southern parts of the site which host many of Pennsic’s more popular parties. This helps to ensure the safety not only of the residents there but of the many travelers who head down to the Bog for the parties and are often unfamiliar with the layout, particularly at night. They ensure that all the roads are well lit in order to deter predators. They also maintain quick response radio relay to Public Safety and the on-site EMS service. Due to their efforts, there were no incidents last year in the area and information regarding a minor medical emergency that occurred was handled far more quickly than it had been in the recent past, dramatically decreasing the response time of medical services to an area where it is very easy to get lost.

Lord Blaze of Clan Kindred of the Wolf (E31) is the organizer of this year’s Swamp Watch. He said that the response to the Swamp Watch by the Bog residents has been exceptionally positive and the vast majority of the camps there have enthusiastically embraced the project. One hundred or more volunteers participated. While many of the residents there are prepared for the dangers that can lurk in the darkness, Blaze and the other camp leaders in the area were very concerned for the safety of the partygoers who camp in the higher elevations and do not travel to the Bog often.

If you need to find the Swamp Watch, go to their pavilion on My Fan Way between the Causeway and Abandon Hope, directly in front of the Three Swans Camp in Block E27. Their people may be identified by a special silver baldric worn somewhere about their person. They also need your help. Not only would they appreciate additional volunteers, they also need supplies of kerosene fuel and wicks to keep their street torches lit throughout the nights at War.

Remember that the Swamp Watch is working to help ensure that you have a good time at Pennsic. When you go down to the Pennsic Swamp, don’t be afraid to go down at night. The Swamp Watch is there for you.

Terror in the Market

By Rania Iskramor

Special to the Pennsic Independent

The Pennsic Independent has received warning of a great danger facing the populace of the Pennsic War. The Soothsayers of the Circus of the Damned have predicted that a horde of vicious Vorpal Rabbits will plague the Marketplace and Food Court, starting Tuesday morning. Based on the accuracy of their Plague predictions of last year, we believe that the populace of Pennsic should make whatever preparations they can against this latest terror.

Rania Iskramor of the Circus of the Damned warns, “They look harmless all right, but if any adult messes with them, they’ll be sorry. Those things have great big, pointy teeth! The adults had best step aside and let the kids handle this problem. The innocent touch of a child lulls these critters into a harmless slumber.”

The Independent has confirmed that the creatures do exist. Johan Cervus, Pennsic’s Animal Control Officer, told Independent reporters, “We’re not sure where they came from, but they’re definitely heading toward the marketplace. They seem to be particularly hostile when approached by adults; the only specimens we have in captivity were caught by children.”

Lord Cervus has made this plea to the children, “Although it may be dangerous, I need to ask every child to scan the roads and pathways of the Food Court and Marketplace to try to locate and capture one of these rabbits and turn it in to the Circus of the Damned during the Children’s Fete on Wednesday between 1-3 pm. The best thing we can do is keep these creatures separated, so each child should only try to capture one rabbit.

The Circus of the Damned has negotiated with the Kingdom of Lochac to create a sanctuary for the captured bunnies. Queen Therasa and King Hugh believe that these creatures will find great joy in the vast expanses of Lochac’s territories and have given their blessing to relocating the bunnies to their Kingdom.

Every child that captures a Vorpal Rabbit and turns it in at the Children’s Fete will be rewarded with a Royal Commendation signed by the Monarchs of the East, Æthelmearc, Atlantia, the Middle, Lochac, Artemisia, Trimaris, Meridies, the West, Atenveldt, and Ealdormere, as well as a prize from the Circus of the Damned.

Any child not finding a rabbit on Tuesday in the Marketplace is requested to please come to the Fete in the Barn on Wednesday to help keep the creatures contained. While the members of the Circus of the Damned are fine entertainers, they are somewhat lacking in their zoo-keeping skills and will need all the help they can get while they prepare these feisty critters for the move to their new home.

The Storming of La Rochelle

By Krystof

For the Pennsic Independent

After dodging a potentially stormy night here at Pennsic, the ever-popular annual battle of La Rochelle was set to begin yesterday to the tune of a swift breeze and a largely clear sky. With legions of fencers turning out early to get checked out and inspected, the numbers soon swelled to nearly eighty on each side for a total approaching one hundred and sixty. As the hour drew close, the informally fashioned petards arrived on the field—leftover mini kegs to replace the much more authentic decommissioned powder kegs from previous years that had apparently been absconded with. It was fairly clear that this change would make little difference in the effectiveness of the devices themselves, though much was said about their state of emptiness. Amid remarks to this effect, fencers were split and decorated with orange ribbons to indicate their allegiances. With a short break for water and preparation, the call of “Lay on!” was sounded and the battle was under way.

Amidst the initial attackers came the petard carriers, swarmed by their own allies. Despite this, hawk-eyed gunners on defense made easy targets of those hauling the burden and on two occasions new carriers had to be recruited. As promised by the oft-used saying, the third time was the charm as the petards were placed at the foot of the door and the attackers scattered out of range of the impending explosion. With a thunderous boom generously provided by the Marshal-in-Charge, the gates came down and the attackers rushed headlong into combat. The attacking side found only a crescent of death on the far side of the doors as a double row of defenders created the well-known kill pocket and held it tightly. The overwhelming power of firearms was apparent as skilled shooting from above on the sides of the bridge downed large numbers of attackers. The defenders made their single resurrections count, though it would not be enough as the rapidly dwindling forces were forced to retreat in the face of a concerted offensive push. The sally port broke only moments after and attackers swiftly swarmed the field mopping up the remaining defenders. With a final time of 11 minutes and 6 seconds, it was a formidable time to live up to as the sides changed.

Again, the call “Lay on!” was sounded and the attackers charged hard toward the gate, effectively protecting their petard carriers leading to a very quick placement and subsequent explosion. With the marshal responsible for the explosion clear, the doors were opened and the attack began with ferocity. Employing a different strategy than the initial attackers, the second wave opted to concentrate their forces at the main gate and merely harass the sally port, which would hold until the end. With a strong offensive pulse led by those with firearms, the attackers pressed into the ranks of the rapidly deteriorating kill pocket and shattered their defenses. While the breakthrough was swift, the cleanup of the defenders was prolonged as many chose to retreat to the safety of the keep and towers. One lone defender remained hidden until the very last, whereupon all attackers descended on his position. Quickly taken down, he made his way sullenly to the resurrection point amidst a cloud of attackers. Despite a chant for single combat, this final valiant effort would be in vain, as the ruthless attackers finally cleared the last bastion of safety and defeated the defenders after 8 minutes and 8 seconds of battle.

While it was rumored that attendance at the event had diminished from the previous year, it was certain that firearms in the form of rubber band guns were scarce at best. This was attributed to the absence of Ironwolf, renowned for their extensive collection of firearms often lent out to those on their side. The added element of cameramen positioned on the bridge between the fort’s two towers provided ample target opportunities for stray shots, much to their chagrin. With no holds called save for those necessary for the scenario itself, La Rochelle came off as a clean, well-fought battle enjoyed by all.

In the interlude, a bout of Prima Spada was held between champion fencers Christian Fournier and Colin MacNish, both of the Midrealm. In a very entertaining match, three double kills led to the inevitable tie between combatants who found the verdict less than agreeable, though were resigned that it would have to do and the tie would continue to stand.

Immediately following the duel came the Champions’ battle, where rapier award winners and kingdom champions were collected to defend the fort against any and all comers. No firearms were allowed, and there were no resurrections, so errors in unit movement against a much more skillful defense became quickly telling. Choosing to hole up in the nooks surrounding the towers and the towers themselves, the defenders fought against a veritable horde of attackers, holding out and then pushing from their position in the keep for a victory against their assailants at 10 minutes and 53 seconds of combat.

To Our Friends in Uniform

By Julie for the Pennsic Independent

Men and women of the SCA currently serving overseas in the armies and navies of many countries, we send a grand salute to you from Pennsic XXXVI. As you are stationed in foreign lands and perhaps in the midst of real life battle, providing support to combatants or serving in some other way that keeps you from being here, please know that you are always in our hearts. We hope that next year you will be back here fighting war the way it should be fought, pummeling each other with rattan and blunted sabers by day and reveling in friendship each night.

As usual, the fickle weather here in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc has left us withered by the heat and dampened by the rain, sometimes all in the same day. But, the Pennsic spirit is as strong as always, and we are persevering here in the wooded hills of the Debatable Lands. Our combatants take the field as weather permits, and the Midrealm and the East vie for points on every front. Crafters, artisans and entertainers continue to entertain and educate us. There is hardly a corner without a musician or juggler making us dance or laugh as we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate milk from the Cooper’s Store.

Everywhere are the sounds of Pennsic, a mixture of musicians on medieval instruments, the “Oyez, Oyez” of heralds spreading news, and the clunk of fighters’ weapons meeting with armor on the battlefield. At night, the drums beat into the wee hours as dancers sway around firelight and revelry emits from the Swamp.

Soon we will be breaking camp for Pennsic XXXVI, and preparations for next year have already begun. As we pack up our tents, our combat gear, our garb, and everything else, we hope that next year you will be here. Until then may the spirit of Pennsic be with you.

Wednesday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers for the Pennsic Independent

Rapier Great Wall Battle

After Tuesday’s storm cleared the battlefield, the rapier fighters had to wait until Wednesday to play on the Great Wall. They arrived first thing Wednesday for a best-of-three fights affair, with the winner earning one War point.

Each fight was to be to the last man, but it became obvious early the Midrealm and its allies had a huge numerical superiority (it was believed the East had about 75 fighters to more than 200 for the Midrealm).

As such all of the fights turned out to be over in less than 10 minutes, as the Dragon’s fencers cleared the wall in short order. The win gave the Midrealm the War point, tying the War at 3 each.

Unbelted Champion Battle

The annual unbelted champions melee brought out a large, loud crowd of spectators. Forty unbelted champion for the East and Middle barreled headlong into each other. The Midrealm seemed to get the better of a flanking engagement, but the East was able to control the main brawl by staying more compact. Slowly, the East ground down the Midrealm forces, earning a War point for the Tyger.

Belted Champions Battle

About 20 minutes after their unbelted brethren had fought, 20 belted champions from the East and Midrealm met. Both sides attempted to flank each other, but the combat ended up getting splintered into almost single combat. The East dominated the field until the Duke Brannos, the last Midrealm champion, was dispatched from his knees.

Allied Champions Battle

Champions from around the Known World always say the Allied Champions Battle is one of the most fun battles at Pennsic. This year’s fight was no exception. This year’s battle was a 30-minute SCA-style game of capture the flag. The field saw 80 Midrealm allies and 80 East allies go at it, with resurrections allowed at two-minute intervals.

Anchored by forces from Atlantia and Æthelmearc, the Midrealm allies had a better time grabbing the East’s flag and sprinting across the field with it. After 30 minutes, the Midrealm allies had scored a decisive victory, notching five flag captures to one for the East.

You Realize, Of Course, This Means War!

By DonalBane of Blakmers

For the Pennsic Independent

On an overcast morning in front of the fort, the royalty and populace of the Known World gathered together Sunday to officially open Pennsic War XXXVI.
The Kingdom of Æthelmearc took their customary place as the first to arrive at the fort, as TRM Rurik and Angelik waited on the dais while their subjects sang of Æthelmearc’s glory.

About 20 minutes later, the East and Midrealm marched side-by-side to the dais, followed by representatives from every kingdom in the Known World. When all had assembled, HRM Rurik spoke first.

“We welcome all of you in friendship to our Sylvan lands,” HRM Rurik said. “You do us great honor by being here as friends and family. We hope that you all have fun.”
HRM Rurik then yielded the dais to the belligerent nations. HRM Dag of the Midrealm spoke first, greeting the East in friendship.

“We have word from our brother in Æthelmearc that your armies have come to their lands,” HRM Dag said. “We hear your intentions are questionable.”

“Their lands?” HRM Gryffith responded, drawing laughs from the crowd. “I have you know that my brother stood here at Pennsic XVI and XX as King of these lands. I have camped here to reclaim these lands.”

After both sovereigns made claims of friendship and complemented each other’s armies, the War Arrow was broken and the cannons sounded, officially opening war.

The Dragon and Brigantia Principal heralds then began the roll call of Kingdoms. HRM Rurik declared first and, perhaps miffed at HRM Gryffith’s ignoring of his Kingdom’s independence, declared Æthelmearc for the Midrealm.

In quick succession, Atenveldt, Meridies, An Tir and Drachenwald declared for the East, while Caid and Ansteorra declared for the Midrealm. HRM Valharic of Atlantia paid homage to heroes, and then remembered his former kingdom by declaring for the Midrealm.

Artemisia, Ealdormere and Lochac soon declared for the East, as did the Holy Kingdom of Acre, honoring their long-standing alliance. Calontir, Trimaris, Gleann Abhann, Outlands and Northshield declared for the Midrealm, with HRM Hrodir drawing the biggest cheers, noting, “We are taught in my realm that, to be a hero, you must come to Pennsic and kill an Easterner!”

The Great Dark Horde declared last as Khan Rowena led her “peaceful pastoral nomads” into court. Rowena remembered the many warriors who were not able to be at Pennsic.
“They fight a real war in the Holy Land,” Rowena said. “We are privileged to fight in Valhalla, as war should be fought.”

Rowena then paid homage to all the royalty on the dais and said she would declare for “a real king; the first who will give me a kiss.”

HRM Rurik then sprinted off the dais and earned the Horde’s allegiance with a rather passionate kiss, much to the crowd’s delight.

Master Rocco Barbarossa and Legio Darkyard then performed their annual duty by bringing forth the Pennsic War Horn.

HRM Gryffith gave a weak blast on the horn, before HRM Dag passed it to a champion who gave a mighty blast.

“Here we come as friends,” HRM Dag said. “All of us share the same dream. Let us remember that.”

“You do us honor by coming here from lands far and wide,” said HRM Gryffith.

Their Majesties cried “East!” and “Draco Invictus!” to their respective kingdoms as the ceremony ended.

Youth Archers Take Their Bests For Championships

By Krystoff for the Pennsic Independent

Another morning broke to the pitter-patter of rain and little feet up on the archery range as Youth Archery Marshal Bran Voloughderg oversaw putting the final touches on the Youth Archery Champions Shoot. In spite of stormy skies and the early hour, children began turning up to take part in what could only be called “a chance for the kids to shoot like adults.” With a turnout last year of thirty-five young competitors, it was hoped that more would make the early trip up the hill.

Now five years and running, this event gives children the opportunity to take on the same type of shooting scenarios that the adults do, only on an appropriately smaller scale. One thing that was certainly not lesser in any fashion was the amount of fun had by all those who came out to participate.

With a woods-based shoot informally called ‘The Insidious Monsters of the Wood’, kids could move between stations set with targets and at ranges set up for both age groups of archers. Targets included such things as Monty Python’s Dark Knight and Killer Bunny, a Lizardman, a Horse-headed man, various disembodied papier-mâché heads, and last but certainly not least everybody’s favorite Pokemon, Pikachu. With prizes for the top three finishers that included not only arrows and accompanying quivers, but also a silver arrow for first place, competition was sure to be fierce.

With the forest updated for challenging content since last year, it was a much more intense shoot that would ensure the monsters at least a slim chance of escaping in the face of overwhelming forces.

The morning weather held long enough for the children to take aim and fire at their dangerous forest foes with only a single shower to even attempt to dampen their spirits. At the end of the morning, it was obvious the enemies were much the worse for wear, and the children were that much better for having challenged themselves to the task of defending their kingdoms. Bran, observing the children as they gathered attentively for instructions, noted that if this was to be the future of archery in the SCA, it was to be a bright one indeed.

Congratulations go out to all of our winners. In the nine and under group, Cameron from Midrealm scored 65, and walked away with a bow from Elk Ridge Archery and a medallion commemorating the victory. Ceridwen from Atlantia placed second with a score of 52, winning a quiver and arrows from Greybarr’s Archery. Thomas, 7, from the Midrealm placed third. In the ten to thirteen year old division, Nathan from Midrealm won the division with 85 points, and received a quiver and arrows from Greybarr’s Archery.

Second place went to Brianna of the Midrealm, who took home a quiver donated by Elk Ridge Archery. Third place went to Eldrik from Atlantia. Breccan, of the fourteen to seventeen year old division took the win at his first Pennsic and goes home with a set of arrows donated by Greybarr’s. Second place was awarded to Josh from the East, who received a beautiful chess set. A quiver donated by Elk Ridge went to Delaney of Æthelmearc who placed third.

Mistress Roewynne Langley would like to send out her special thanks to the parents and youth archers for another wonderful year on the Youth Range. Also deserving of many thanks are Greenwood and Scarlet Guard for their dedication to Youth Archery. Extra special thanks go out to Master Jackapo, Master Robert the Grey, Mistress Baroness Tamar, Master Mark Squirrelsbane, Jarl Tarquin, Countess Aibhilin, and Aduke Colum, as well as all those who have helped. Final thanks go out to Megge of Man, a parent who has helped a great deal over the years, as well as the sponsors of the competition, Greybarr’s Archery, Elk Ridge Archery, and Delights of Cathay.

Pennsic 37 (2008)

Eppingers Closed!!!

Eppingers, a long-time favorite eatery for Pennsic folk, closed its doors for the final time sometime shortly after Pennsic last year.

Eppingers was a Pennsic favorite for its close vicinity to Coopers Lake and its 24-hour service. According to local residents, the restaurant was hit by the hard economic times and was unable to continue in business.

Heirusalem and Flora Eat Out: Johnson Sisters'

Once again, PI Publisher Despotissa Heirusalem Crystoma is on the road to Pennsic and dining at various spots near Cooper’s Lake on the way.

This year, Heirusalem’s daughter, Flora, is traveling with her. We miss Cally and her astute observations of the local cuisine. Therefore, we’d like to dedicate these new reviews to her.

Today, Heirusalem and Flora ate at one of Heirusalem’s favorite spots, Johnson Sisters' Café.

Johnson Sisters' is just west of Cooper’s Lake on 422 West. It is on the south side of the road. In previous years, the sign was hard to see because of trees and other signs. It is much more visible this year. The café is a homey little place, reminiscent of the Kopper Kettle that we all miss so much. The décor is homey, too. You will never get the same plate or cup twice! There is AC, but it works best in the dining room. The counter is the smoking area, and the separate dining room is non-smoking.

Food: Home-style, home-cooked meals. This isn’t your average truck-stop food. Everything you eat at Johnson Sisters' is cooked at Johnson Sisters'. The most fabulous items are the baked items, made at the restaurant. Heirusalem’s favorite of these baked goods is the apple dumpling. If you order one, be prepared to share. It is as big as a Duke’s head! They also have the very unique and delicious cantaloupe pie. This is something everyone should try! The coleslaw is amazing, too. Made from purple cabbage, it is sweet and creamy.

Heirusalem’s favorite breakfast: The pancakes. Be prepared to take some of it home with you unless you have a huge appetite! Served with maple syrup. Best with the link sausage.

Flora’s favorite breakfast: The French toast. It’s yummy!

We’ll be back with comments about the lunch and dinner. Flora hasn’t had a chance to try those yet.

Heirusalem and Flora had dinner at Johnson Sisters' tonight. It was a real treat! We met up with Jim from Jim's Self Storage (it is his favorite place, too) and got to chat with him and with Allison (one of the Sisters) for a bit.

First, the food. Heirusalem had the meatloaf dinner. Lots of homemade gravy over the meatloaf and mashed potatoes (good news for those trying to get Aitch to gain weight!), and a side of the wonderful cole slaw. The meatloaf was tender and not overly spiced. It wasn't served with ketchup, either. It was filling, excellent comfort food.

Flora had the all-you-can-eat spaghetti. One plate was more than enough to fill her up. She enjoyed it, but enjoyed Heirusalem's meatloaf more. :) For dessert, Aitch and Flora took home a piece of apple pie and an apple dumpling. They enjoyed those as a late-night snack back at the hotel.

Stuff they learned: One plate of spaghetti is enough to fill a fighter, probably. Allison told a bit more about the restaurant, too. Original sister Adrienne is still at the store. Now her daughters, including Allison and sisters Erin and Lauren, are helping run the place. Allison's daughter, Ashliegh, is also helping with the restaurant. Erin does most of the baking. She's become famous locally for the apple dumplings. Erin also came up with the recipe for the cole slaw. Sister Lauren created the cantaloupe pie. Allison described the cantaloupe pie as being cool, smooth, and creamy for a hot day, but not too heavy. It has a light, unique flavor that everyone should try.

The sisters plan to have daily specials just for SCA folk during War Week. It is a wonderful place to go no matter what day you make your town run or plan to arrive or leave!

OG Has Returned!

We just wanted to update folks so they don't worry. OG came home yesterday and is being pampered in his camp by many loving people. His job for the rest of Pennsic is to drink water, sit in his throne (either at the camp or at PI) with his leg up, and talk to people.

There is much more to this story. Many details and (hopefully) photos tomorrow!

PI Friday August 8, 2008

East Sweeps Over the Bridge Battle

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter,
Pennsic Independent
DonalBane’s Unofficial War Points: Midrealm Dragons 15, East Tygers 12

The two grand armies of the Dragon and the Tyger returned to the field Thursday for the Bridge battle. This year, the battle included three fights over five bridges, with each fight worth one War Point.
The Midrealm deployed its forces on the east side of the field. Æthelmearc, the Tuchux, South Oaken, and Constellation were sent to the left flanks; the Huskarls, Midlands, and Petamere went to the center; Ealdormere, the Great Dark Horde, Calontir ,and Outlands were sent to the right; while North Oaken and the western allies were held in reserve.
The East deployed from the west side of the field, sending the Southern army, Atlantia, and Black Talon to the right; Duchy von Drachenklaue and the Northern Army went to the center; and the Ulsterblichen and Northfield were sent to the north.
The first fight was a fairly static affair, as the East seemed reluctant to engage unnecessarily, given their lesser numbers. As a result, the Midrelam’s forces seized the center of all five bridges and held them just out of spear range from the East.
The biggest push from the East came on the south bridge, as Black Talon and House Serpentius slowly ground down the Æthelmearc forces. When the cannon sounded after 30 minutes, the East’s forces held the southern bridges, but the Midrealm held the other four bridges despite being pushed. The Dragon claimed the first fight.
Things in fights two and three were much more dynamic. The East switched Atlantia to the southern bridge, and the result was a breakout both times.
In fight two, Atlantia held its forces back for about 15 minutes before beginning a huge push against the Æthelmearcians. Bodies on the southern bridge were piled three- and four-deep when the holds were called. When the action resumed, HRM Sinclair of Atlantia led his forces through a breach and up the field. As soon as the breach took place, Eastern forces pushed on every bridge, sweeping the Dragon before them. In the end, House Darkmoon was the last Midrealm force left standing on the center bridge before getting squeezed from both sides.
Fight three included combat archery and siege weapons, which the Atlantians took full advantage of. The battle on the south bridge was an archer’s delight as many gentles fell to well-placed shots.
Again, the Æthelmearcians were pushed back and only were able to hold the bridge with help from Constellation. However, when Constellation committed itself, Northshield pushed on the south-central bridge and eradicated the Midrealm’s forces.
The final push was so quick in coming, the Northern Oaken Army was still in its reserve position when East forces surrounded it on all sides. The Oaken boys put up a heroic fight, but ultimately fell.
Jubilant East forces were elated with victory as cries of “Konrad! Konrad!” rang out as the Tyger King visited and complemented each of his forces.
Friday’s Big Battle: The Field Battle
And now, my lords and ladies, it’s time for the main event. There will be five battles this year, with standard last-man-standing rules for fights one, two, four and five. Combat archery and siege weapon are allowed in the last two fights. Fight three, meanwhile, will be a “regicide”: affair: the side which is able to kill the king of the East or Midrealm will win.
What to watch for: The first charge. Anyone whose heart doesn’t race during the first charge has no pulse.

Thursday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Belted Champions Battle
After the Bridge battles were completed, the East and Midrealm met again on the field for the Belted Champions battle. As usual, this battle included 20 champion knights from both kingdoms.
The fight was quick and rugged affair, but the Tyger’s forces were able to stick together better and roll over the field.
Unbelted Champions Battle
Just after the Belted Champions, the Unbelted Champions of the East and Midrealm came together for their 40-on-40 fight.
Having seen their belted brethren fall, the Midrealm’s forces came out with steely resolve and they showed it on the battlefield. The Dragon’s forces rolled over the field with minimal casualties and ground the East down.
As has become tradition, Captain Gunner, head of the Midrealm unbelts, was given a sword in friendship by his Eastern counterparts. Gunner was later put on vigil for knighthood.
Allied Champions Battle
One the toughest and best fights of the war, the Allied Champions battle took place Thursday about 30 minutes after the other champions’ battles. The battle was an SCA-style game of capture the flag with resurrections allowed in two-minute intervals. The side that captured the other squad’s flag seven times—or had the most captures in 60 minutes —would earn the War Point.
The fight was a rollicking affair with battle lines wavering all over the field. Several times, a warrior seized a flag only to be tripped by the turf monster. There was also one occasion where each side grabbed the other’s flag at the same time, negating any scoring.
After splitting the first four captures, the East’s allies took a 4-2 lead, and were able to hang on for a 4-3 win at the end of the hour.

Thursday Rapier Report

By Grizzly of Ironstar
Marshall Reporter, the Pennsic Independent

Battle of Tortuga
Thursday afternoon (with sword and musket), pirates attacked at the Main Rapier List. Two groups of merchants and a group of pirates went at it ship-to-ship. Across four planks, the pirates rushed the merchants. With unlimited resurrection compared to the merchant’s one resurrection, the pirates had the upper hand. The rapier fighters rotated after each fight so everyone had a turn at being a pirate. Even today’s rain couldn’t dampen the fighters spirits and ruin their fun.
Æthelmarc Known World Ladies’

Treasure Chest Tournament
Twenty-six female rapier fighters competed Thursday for a treasure trove of prizes. Prizes were donated by supporters, with the first place prize being a rapier helmet donated by Marco of Marco & Krieger Armory. Second place, age permitting, was a bottle of twelve year-old scotch. As for the rest of the treasure, the ladies were allowed to pick and choose their own prizes. This was the fifth year for the tournament to be hosted by Illadore de Bedegrayno. This will also be her last year running the event as her work has taken her to the West Coast, making it more difficult to make the journey to war every year. “It’s time for some else to take over and hopefully run the tournament for another five years.”
The final bout in today’s tournament came down to Annora Raines of the West and Amanita Villarosa for the Middle. In the first few moments of the round Annora took Amanita’s off hand, then in an act of courtesy and chivalry threw down her off hand weapon and finished Amanita with a double kill. The second pass began the same way with Annora taking Amanita’s off hand and throwing down her off hand weapon again. Finally Annora took Amanita’s weapon hand for the win. This is the first Pennsic for the winner of Thursday’s tournament, Annora Rains. She was overcome with joy as she accepted the rapier helmet from Illadore. “It’s been an honor fighting with all of you, this is my first Pennsic and you’ve made it amazing.”

Unclassifieds

Contest Results
Estrogen and Axes competition hosted by Æthelmearc held Tuesday was won by Alexandra Sabine of Montengarde Kingdom of An Tir. The awarded handmade gift was donated by Lady Hieonyma Holvdet van Dadizelle www.crownrosegems.com A special thank you to the ladies who participated.

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-demimational . All are welcome 8PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
Reform Jewish services behind Silver Dragon Co. 11 Bow St 7PM Friday
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, Market Street behind the barn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
14 ft. Yurt for sale. Set up $500 or Best Offer Moritu Camp as is.
2-Story Pavillion - Frame-and-Canvas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
8x9 Wedge Tent and 9x15 fly poles - stakes - ropes - door like new - only used twice stored in dry New Mexico see Crafty Celts Booth Space 90 or call Airenn Cell #304-657-0148 -- $650
A-Frame Tent - Ten masters 10x8 with poles and stakes. $300 firm. See Brendan in Pentwyvern E16
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Alotta Drums wow $20 #190 under the only 2 trees!
ANALOG / IF / GALAXY MAGS 1996-2005 mostly complete $250/best offer. See Master John at The Stavechurch
Arastorm’s excellent booklets- cookies, magick and more than you ever needed to know about Anglo-Saxons. #19 Bow St.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Beaded shoes & headdresses #190
Bellydancer’s veils genuine silk 81/2 ftx31/2 ft $50 colorful! 19 Bow St.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Cat got better, vet bills didn’t. Car died Monday so...big sale at Fabric Dragon at space #106!
Civil War Tent 10x12 $200 Blood Moon Clan corner lot near Solar Showers ask for Hillary in Camp w/onion dome.
CLARIFICATION! DRAGONS MAGIC #25 is the brown Slavic house by the store and bath house. We are purveyors of fine fabrics and notions. Fabric Dragon #106 is the tent by Currie Rd and sells threads & beads.
Coin tops & scarves harem pants $20 each, 2 for $35 #190
Coming Thursday! Lightweight 100% wool gabardine twill- Æthelmearc red and off-white! Also 100% woolen twill forest green and white linen/cotton! I called my jobber and he’s shipping them right out! (I love my jobber) Dragons Magic #25 Did you get gifts for the folks back home yet? We’ve got great stuff- mugs & mead kits. AND we accept credit cards! So consider your cash & make the home folks happy- maybe not happy enough to do your laundry, but we’re not miracle workers here! DANCING PIG POTTERY & MORE #18 Bow Street.
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Fine linen Norse Aprons, Viking tunics, and embroidered coats at The Hooded Hare. Hop over to our new space: #164, Fleet Street
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale - Gypsy Wagon $2500 OBO We lost the ride home for it! Booth 119 Yurts of America.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
For sale: rapier longsword and wagon 45” Darkwood blade with 9” handle $250 wagon is green garden cart $40 OBO contact Aelfwine Se Pyttel at camp “The Cove” on block N03
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Geeks take note! Kingdom dice and playing cards are available at Calontir Trim. Mention this ad.
Going home sale. See what new and used pavillions we have left. Pack your gear in a sturdy but beautiful trunk. Think about renting a period pavillion for next Pennsic. 12ft yurt Singing Horse design $900, 18x20 Panther new $1300 site #3
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails, beautiful speckled cow hides. 18x20 Panther new $1300 14ft yurt singing horse design complete with Floor $1400 OBO. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Harps & Musica instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Kingdom Cards for sale at Calontir Trim, AEthelmearc East Kingdom and Midrealm as well as Pennsic XXVII souvenir cards available.
Lots and lots pirate boot Good Booty! #190
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
New heads! Heads tightened! richspiritdrums.com
NOT for spinners only- “Spinster’s Rules!” Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Panther Pavillion 16 x 16 Regent with green dags. Will need to be rewaterproofed. Available Sat 9 August @ 11am. $1200 OBO N17 Zeebera
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
Pavilion for sale: 20x15 green & gold. $1200 Sleepy Unicorn, Street of Gold. Containers included
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everythingyou need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Pavilions™ available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
SHOWER FOR SALE!! 40 gallon water tank, propane heated (tank included) utility sink, and all fittings. Walls collapse for easy storage. N10 corner of Brewer & Fletcher. $450 or best offer!!!
Silk parasols $5 Wood Fans $1 Snoods 2 for $5 #190
Steel boned corsets 99 to 250 bonded fabric WOW #190
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Tall boots $85 stripy socks $5 Wool capes 20% #190
TENT FOR SALE: Officer’s Marquee by Tentsmiths. 14’ x 8’ with 5’ walls 8’ peak 3 years old. Sunforger canvas with poles ropes and the tent bags. At GRAYFOX encampment next to DARKMOON. N18 $875 O.B.O. Cash/Paypal only
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Twin size rope bed frame $75 See Bjorn Block W18 Lake Shore beside flushie trailer
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly. Available on site space 26.
Used Yurt Top for sale. 16’ plasticized canvas. 3 years old. No leaks! Only $95 p/u Sat. Aug. 9 Inquire Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
We’re running out of pots so we have to hurry home & make more! to that end DANCING PIG POTTERY will be closing at 9PM today. Then, like Brigadoon we will be gone for another year! Come buy pots before it’s too late! #18 Bow Street
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You!Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

General
All our friends at War: Hope you’ve had a wonderful time. All well at home. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Once again we say Barony of Carillion Court Friday at 8pm. Baroness Mary The Hun will hold Baronial Court. All are welcome to attend. N10 corner of Brewer and Fletcher.
Beads, bead looms, trims and linen fabrics Silverdragon Company Bow Street Space #11
CLEAN, DRY, cardboard paper boxes. Pick up at the Pennsic Independent on Friday or Saturday. FREE!!!
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Drumsmith Richard Barony of Fenix 541-778-2540
Erlandr Skald Di Norlandi thanks all the singers and helpers - the movers and schlepers and those who have supported the known world choir for 20 years!!
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
For Sale Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
GOT LUMBER? Don’t throw it in the dumpster, donate it! I’m building my kids a treehouse. Please call 814-720-9018 for pickup. Thanks -Thyri
Handkerchief linen! Silk, patterns, pewter badges and more! Silverdragon Company Space #11 Bow Street
Hoobah FOSCADH for FIGHTING in ALL 37 PENNSIC WARS
House Fallenstar (N12) Nothing more witty to say. Just a hello from all those who didn’t get to come along this year. EVISCERATE!!!
Lady Veronica Rosso misses all her friends. Wish I was there!
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” x 12y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
Storytelling by Gabrielle d’Auvergne Family friendly 7-9PM Minerva’s Spindle space 158 Friday August 8
The Falcons Mew would like to thank the gentles of Pennsic for all their kind patronage over these last 15 years. This is our last merchanting year. We will continue to sell locally (Wisconsin) as well as online (falconsmew.com) and our catnip toys will be carried by Terra Incognita so you can still get your kitty bribes! Thanks for all the fun, it’s been great! - Elaine and Steve of Falcons Mew
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
To the person who photographed a female campmate in the shower, House 3 Skulls hopes public safety finds you first.
To the woman (Natalie’s camp auntie) who bought butterflies at The Bead Lady #146 Battle Rd. on Sun, Aug 3rd between 1 and 2pm. Please return so I may correct a credit card error.
Who do Kings answer to? Their Queens!
Wurm- packing up camp is ok cuz i’m going home w u
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)
NEW VIKING HOME COMPANION CD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PILLAGED VILLAGE Midgard Mayhem by TorvaldrTorgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday in front of the village.
Ymabiko-za Comic Theatre appearing at the Known World Improv Festival 4:30 Friday at the Performing Arts Pavilion presents two short plays: Kubihiki - Tug of War and Kintouzaemon - Mountain Bandits, the players: Jess Rudolph as the oni king and a bandit Pattrick as Shimizu Yatarou Tametomo and a bandit.

Lost & Found
Elmont come home!! If you have accidentally acquired a six foot tall pinkish-grey fop rabbit please bring him to the Pink Fuzzy Bunny Camp in W05. A reward/ransom will be happily provided.
Lost 2 rings in woman’s shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I’m camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Sue
Lost: A&S project. Handwoven linen napkin lost Tuesday between E-01 and Your Inner Vagabond. Please return to Camp Budgardr in W-09. Reward.
Lost cell phone Palm One, large keyboard silver grey, large screen it is needed for business geneous reward will be given when found. Please contact The Pennsic Independent office.
Lost greatsword- woods battle- silver/red tape metal ball-ended quillons, never used. Return to Silver Horde at end of Dragon Trace- no questions asked
Lost Personal collection of silver Pennsic Bardicci coins. 12 10 20 coins possibly lost on Roman Rd. Please return to Joe at Casa Bardicci or lost & found. Reward for bulk of collection.
Lost red cell phone bring to lost & found pls
Theo! Missed you after the battle Mon. Find me at W03- Outlands really would like to see you again!!
Wanted Park-o-meter lost last year walked away from r/s reward talk to Og.

Parties
Baron Gugliemo Bardicci extends his artsan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD bodyart to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (booth 24).

Personals
“Aguamanibulence” Probable pronunciation “ah-kwa-man-ih-bew-lehce.” It means “careful attention to hand washing and drying.…” Very important at Pennsic, especially before meals and after exiting porta-castles. Even more so if you are digitescant!
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
Adrielle! Get control of your apprentices. Now all mine are going ferral too! - Aelfwyn
ATTN SAMANTHA BURGOS please come to the herb shop in the bizzare tent, concerning your purchase the other day.
Champion rescues tiger...Tiger now on lakeside vacation
Congratulations Master Lawrence Thornguard, Baron of Iron Bog, Winner of the Clout Shoot Iron Ring Belt! Your Barony is so proud of you! Vivats!
Congratulations to the House Silverthron fighters Lord Gregory, Lord Valdrikr, Lord Brand, Lord Yukio, Lord Williams, Magnus, Titus, Phil & Page Artur. Thank you for your bravery on the field and your humor off the field. All our love The Ninja Ladies
Fernando: Instigate. It’s what you were born to do. L.
Laurie Ann Renner from Sin Pit Urgent need to talk to Tinker @ A Tinker 197 Plunder La re purchase
Let all know that the kindest, most thoughtful people are Scadians. Grateful thanks to whoever turned my wallet into lost and found. Lady Svea the Shortsighted.
Midrealm chroniclers! Ice cream social @7PM Friday, food court ice cream tent. Meet the new MK chron. First scoop my treat! See you there! Kat Peregrine, MK Chronicler.
On Tuesday night the forthright manly man of Pink Fuzzy Bunny and his beautiful, bosomy bevy of brilliant bunny babes attended the Blue Feather ball with their signiture style and elan. However, the cowardly, sniveling, base and degenerate oath-breaking bunny-nappers did not appear. Good gentles, we anxiously await your next communication so that we may again happily pursue a course of mutual advantage in this matter. Your humble & etc Servants (till we duct tape you to a chair) Pink Fuzzy Bunny Camp W05
Or is that “Wolf the cowboy wannabe”? Love Anya
Runa, seeing your stormy blue eyes again brightened up my Pennsic. Don’t be a stranger. Love ya, Dylyn
Tir Thalor! - Has it rained yet? How did the woods battle go? Was Open Camp a success? (OF COURSE!!) Did anyone catch a ballista bolt yet? When are you guys going to get a picture published!?!?!
Tir Thalor! Huzzah to Alaric, and congratulations on the outstanding battle! At last, Tir Thalor in print! Bye Loq and Sabine... we miss you...! Stay dry everyone! - A, G, & tK
To the beautiful red headed lady I saw on the battlefield. Would like to get to know you. Come to Silverhorde camp E01 ask for Wolfy.
Victor (Cowboy) regrets leaving Pennsic early. Come to Wulfden to say goodbye.
When we say Marco, you say Polo. House Silverthorn N21

PI Monday August 4, 2008

And the Air is Just Right For Drinking

By Grizzly of Ironstar
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Pennsic is war and war is well...Pennsic isn't all about fighting, though. I know that we all know this. There's A&S, there's shopping and spending time with good friends and a fine drink.
I've often had friends stop me to tell me, "You have to try this"-some new beer or wine that they just discovered, one of a kind and you can't get it here. It's their special treasure and they want to share it with you! I know you've had this happen to you at one time or another.
Some people in the SCA take that a step farther and actually make their own wines, beer and cordials. Every year at Pennsic, the Interkingdom Brewers' Guild hosts the annual Brewers' Guild Competition. The name is misleading. Brewers are not judged against each other; the beverages are judged on their quality.
The purpose of the competition is not to pick out everything that is wrong with the beverage, but to point out what the brewer did right and how to improve their brewing skills. It's also a good way to find out who makes good beer and where they camp.
There are three different categories of brewing: cordials, wines and meads, and beer. Using several different criteria, the judges score the beverage on a scale of 1-10. First they look at the brewer's documentation, most importantly recipe and ingredients. Then they look at the presentation, the bottle, the label and the clarity. Upon opening the bottle they sample the aroma, look at how the beverage moves in the glass, and finally check the taste.
What really makes brewing stand out from other A&S competitions is the fact that as the judges are doing all this, the brewer is sitting at the table with them. In this manner they can see the process and witness first hand the judges' reactions and comments. The judges are very helpful with identifying what didn't go right with a beverage, explaining why the brew turned out as it did, and offering tips on how to improve it next time.
If you'd like to join the brewer's guild, it's as simple as making the brew of your choice and bringing it to the competition. For information on how to get started, you can go to www.greydragon.org/ikbg. Or contact master brewer Rhys Terafan Greydragon at terafan@greydragon.org.
Just remember, the reasons for these events are to help each other to become better brewers, to spend time with good friends, and to drink finer and finer brews.

PEACE Has Broken Out!

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter,
Pennsic Independent

The populace of the Known World assembled in front of the Fort Sunday to officially open the Pennsic War, but a twist at the end of the Opening Ceremony has put a whole new spin on Pennsic XXXVII.
The Kingdom of AEthelmearc and the Great Dark Horde were first on the scene on a beautiful morning. The host kingdom took their accustomed place on the dais about 20 minutes before the belligerent nations arrived.
When the East and the Midrealm arrived, HRM Khalek told his subjects to welcome their guests in song. "AEthelmearc, AEthelmearc" rang out as the Tiger and Dragon marched to the dais, followed by representatives from every kingdom in the Known World.
When the populace had assembled, HRM Khalek addressed the crowd.
"We greet you and thank you for coming to our lands," HRM Khalek. "The skies are pleased and they have given us a glorious day."
HRM Khalek then said he had heard rumor that "an aggressive army" had come to his land. HRM Konrad of the East replied he had heard the same rumor and brought the Eastern forces with him for that reason.
"I seek to come here and aid you," HRM Konrad said.
HRM Khalek accepted the offer, but was quick to note the East had brought its army to AEthelmearc "without permission."
HRM Lutr of the Midrealm then made the same offer of protection.
"There is an aggressive army here," HRM Lutr said. "I believe AEthelmearc has earned the right to remain an independent nation and will help fight to maintain that."
HRM Khalek accepted Lutr's offer, noting the Midrealm did have permission to bring its army.
"I think there is to be a contest here," HRM Khalek said.
"I look forward to a contest between warriors on this field," HRM Konrad said.
The three kings then called for the War Arrow and broke it together, setting off cheers from the crowd and cannons in the background.
The Dragon and Brigantia Heralds then took turns calling off the roll of Kingdoms.
HRM Khalek confirmed the host nation would fight with the Midrealm. The kingdoms of the West, Caid, Ansteorra, Trimaris, Lochac and Ealdormere also declared for the Midrealm. Calontir declared themselves to follow their allies in Ansteorra and Outlands declared with Calontir, so both kingdoms will fight with the Dragon.
HRM Sinclair of Atlantia boldly declared for the East saying, "Much like Beowulf, I have brought the army of Atlantia to slay a dragon!"
Atenveldt, An Tir, Artemisia, Drachenwald and Gleann Abhann all declared for the East, as did Northshield, HRM Lars noted he would have never made it through many a Pennsic without HRM Konrad, who was his squire brother. King Richard from the Holy Kingdom of Acre also declared for the East.
The Great Dark Horde then came forth, with Khan Omar at the head. Omar pleaded with Their Majesties to resolve their differences via diplomacy or single combat. When those pleas failed, Omar summoned the host of Horde to the dais. He then offered an arrow to both Lutr and Konrad, declaring his field forces and siege engines would fight for the Midrealm, while his target arrow archers would shoot for the East.
With all declared, the Darkyard Legion brought forth the Pennsic war horn, which was picked up by HRM Konrad.
"This horn is a beautiful work of art," Konrad said. "I would not dishonor it by not blowing it properly."
HRM Lutr then suggested Master Rocco Barbarossa of Darkyard as a proper man to blow the horn. Rocco ascended to the dais and gave a long, high blast.
HRM Khalek then addressed the populace.
"The words have been spoken; the horn has been blown; here we have war!" Khalek said, before telling the populace to prepare itself.
However, HRM Konrad then said he had one more thing to say. He noted since AEthelmearc would not accept his help, he would feel aggrieved to fight against them.
Therefore, Konrad offered to concede all 37 War Points to the Midrealm, declaring, "I do not wish to shed the blood of people I hold in such high esteem."
After a moment HRM Lutr accepted Konrad's offer.
"I guess we have--no war!" Lutr said, to the laughter of the crowd. "We will be able to enjoy all that is offered here on this field."
TRMs Konrad and Khalek then embraced before the sovereigns of the Known World left the dais.

Sunday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Combat of the Thirty
After the completion of Opening Ceremonies, about 50 gentles assembled on the green list field for the fourth annual Combat of the Thirty. The combat is meant recreate the original Combat of the Thirty, fought between 30 English knights and 30 French Knights during the Hundred Years' War.
Each combatant had to offer a ransom to be eligible to come back for next year's fight. The combat was held to period conditions, meaning three solid blows to the head stunned a combatant, allowing him to be captured. Thrusts to an open-face helm or a vulnerable or unarmored area registered as kills.
Sir Nigel MacFarland of Ealdormere captained the French, while Sir Johannes von Bruckenheim of Atenveldt captained the English.
Amid cries of "St. George!" the English rolled to victory in two straight fights, reversing the historical outcome of the battle for the first time.
After the fight, the combatants declared themselves so pleased with the combat that Sir Nigel and Sir Johannes will serve as captains for the next two years.

Ealdormere 10-Man Unbelted
Champions Tournament
Ealdormere hosted one the most rollicking tournaments of the first weekend of war, its annual 10-Man Unbelted Champions Tournament, on the main battlefield Sunday.
Seven kingdoms brought forward teams for the round-robin rumble. The scores after the round robin were: AEthelmearc 5-1, Atlantia 5-1, Midrealm 4-2, Northshield 3-3, Calontir 3-3, Ealdormere 1-5 and Atenvedlt 0-6.
With AEthelmearc and Atlantia tied for the lead after the round robin, the two kingdoms' teams met one last time to settle the title. In a quick fight, AEthelmearc's forces were able to maintain their cohesion and roll over Atlantia for the win.

Known World Novice Tournament
(Editor's note: This tournament was completed after deadline on Saturday.)
The Chivalry of the Known World hosted the Known World Novice Tournament Saturday. The event attracted 53 fighters with less than two years of experience in SCA adult and/or youth fighting.
The tournament format was a shark pool.
The two finalists were Joseph of Serpentius from the East and Lucas from Atlantia. Lucas won the final in a best-two-of-three format.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Mountain Confederation's Annual Gagpipper's competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o'dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-denominational. All are welcome 8PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, market street behind the barn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
16" English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall. Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at Under the Rose on E01. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years bo
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Arastorm's excellent booklets- cookies, magick and more than you ever needed to know about Anglo-Saxons. #19 Bow St.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly!
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Bellydancer's veils genuine silk 8 1/2 ftx3 1/2 ft $50 colorful! 19 Bow St.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE! Claus the Toymaker will autograph his new book, ASTONISHING TALE OF THE GUMP OF OZ, Monday, Aug. 4 from 11am to 4pm at Poison Pen Press Booth 637
'Bosch' hurdy-gurdy for sale. This is the last one made by the lutier Charles Supplee before his retirement, and is patterned after the one in the Painting Garden of Earthly Delights (15c). Includes heavy wood case, antler tuning key, string cotton, and waist strap. $1900. contact Sir Ogami, Clan Yama Kaminari, E03
Canvas hammock with frame $40 - see Katherin at House of Blacksilver, E11.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Cat got better, vet bills didn't. Car died Monday so...big sale at Fabric Dragon at space #106!
Etched amber awards are at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market St.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open 'til 11:00 pm nightly!
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have 'em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Evil Abra says, "Check your silver prices!" We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Pennsic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
Fabric Dragon is not in the merchants guide but is at Pennsic in space #106 Street of Gold. Big Sale!
Finest Amber in the known world is at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market Street.
Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook?
"Digitescant" Probable pronunciation "dih-jih-tehs-cant." "to eat with one's fingers..." Especially when dining on pulled pork.
Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails $14, beautiful speckled cow hides. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Evil Abra says, "You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!" See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
Hafla tent 4 sale best offer. Orluk Oasis
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Harps & Musical instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
High quality korean horse bows $399 yumi #83
Evil Abra's empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open 'til 11 pm nightly!
SCA Road Signs- "Fighter Practice Area", "Danger Viking Territory" and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
NOT for spinners only- "Spinster's Rules!" Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New,never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
Panther pavillion, 10x10, regent, $500, BEN@SINPIT,E05
Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)"Pennsic for Dummies" by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
"Pennsic in a Box" new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Period pavilions available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Uniquely You dressmaker forms - the only one that corsets properly available on site space 26.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Wolfram's wondrous wares now has the book "Dragons, Demons, Blood, and Gold" poetry by well known proprietor of Jolly Sven's Bargain Pillage, Morgan Bloodaxe. Come turn the pages in space 134.
Wolfram's wondrous wares. We're at the War come see us. We're in space 134 we've got cloak clasps, pouches, and feast gear galore we're your one stop wonderful store.
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)
General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent's Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
A new Viking Home Companion CD is now available at the Pillaged Village Midgard Mayhem by T8 Rvaldr Torgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday in front of the village.
ATTENTION BARONY OF STORVIK!! Baronial Court will be at 4:00 Tuesday in the Clan Cambion Encampment in E-15. It is the intention ofTheir Majesties to be in attendance. BYOC [Bring your own chair] is suggested. Very light refreshments.
BARON GUGLIEIMO BARDICCI gratefully extends his artisan jubal to provide his beautious WOAD body art to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (Booth 24). BONA NOTTE!
Bored Scadian at Garments by the goat. #097 red hair and chutzpah. Drop by.
BPAL meet & sniff! Come and share the magic. Tues @4:00. Camp Dancing Fox on E01 Dragons Trace
Brendoken's Baroness luncheon starts at 12:30 in N09, Fletcher RD near the highway. Look for black and green field with a gold star.
By Odin, Snaebjorn this is some place! I shall tell my friends mead is found here in abundance! I have sampled all night. This explains why I still have not arrived. The mead has led me astray but I vow I will find the silver apple!
"Edofication" Probable pronunciation "ehd-oh- fih-kay-shun." "to arrange foods in ways that imitate architectural forms.É" Fun to do with mashed potatoes as a child. High-class restaurants charge a lot for this! A.k.a. "nouvelle cuisine."
Citizens of Brendoken and friends. Come to our Revel at N09, Fletcher Rd near the Highway, at 6P.M. on ... There will be Court.
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
Do something with your kid besides sweat! Make colorful medallion cords! Kits at Claus the Toymakers.
Don't miss the Known World Canine meeting Tuesday Aug 5th from noon to 2pm in ®thelmearc Royal. All are welcome!
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon's Magic #25
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon's Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon's Magic #25
Good Gentles......
How much have you spent on your armor?
How much have you spent on your garb?
How much have you spent on your children?
This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.
Free garb and stuff! Please visit E30, the tent with the orange curtains. Help yourself to anything on the mats in the front yard each day till Thurs.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Have you seen the Baroness' Silver Ass?
HOT GLASS - X05 - Tonight - Ask for Erland (Next to Solar Showers)
In training for the squid Olympiad-Cooper's Lake's own Squirty! First up! 100 meter ink shooting and there's the unsuspecting target, over by the Flushies...
Is your child bored? Make a medallion cord! Colors galore! At Claus the Toymaker's Store!
Laurel vigil for Joanna of Northumberland Tues 7PM Ealdormere Royal W17
Open fire medieval cooking Monday SPCA Camp W10 Fires start at noon with consultation at 6PM
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2", 3 1/2", 4 1/2"! Dragon's Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON'S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2" xl2y $13.95 Dragon's Magic #25
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon's Magic
Wurm- roses r red violets r blue hope to have many more Pennsics w you- TRIS
Yes, I'm Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn't make the move I wanted to make. I've consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)
Lost & Found
Lost 2 rings in woman's shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I'm camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Sue
Parties
Feast of St. Elvis- Mon night Camp Famdamily (The usual spot in B08) 8PM-ish. Come celebrate his ascension! Make the pilgrimage!
To all Ostgardrians past & present and future. Come to the annual Ostgards Pancake Breakfast on Mon from 8 to 11 AM. Donations welcome but not necessary E4

Personals
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won't wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
** Archery Champions ** To the archery champions' team for the Middle Kingdom and their Allies does Demetrious the Undecided send greetings and congratulations. I wish you all good shooting and good fun. Wishing I could be there with you, enjoy.
Farasha & Suad #60 rave "now to the sky" by Tribe O
Ladies of Pennsic, Lord Valdis of Gotland had a birthday on July 26th. I ask you to wish him well, gift him with a kiss or punish him with a spanking, as you deem appropriate.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Tiger seek champion to ransom him from Midrealm merchant. Space 122 hurry!

Wanted to Buy
House Fallenstar (N12) Aquarium going well. Today we need sharks. Large and toothy. Think Jaws. Ask for Pan Wilhelm Michalik.

PI Publisher Makes OG SICK!!!

OG became ill while working at the Pennsic Independent on Monday afternoon. He is currently receiving good care at the hands of medical professionals and will hopefully return to Pennsic on Thursday.

Get well cards are available to create at Information Point, Beast and Boar, and The Pennsic Independent. You can also email Heirusalem at service@pennsicindependent.com with get-well messages. We'll make sure he gets them (along with plenty of water and rest).

PI Saturday August 2, 2008

Advice for the Middle-Aged

When you're as old as I am, and although I'd like to say I'm older than dirt I don't really know where some of this dirt has been so I'd be reluctant to speak on its behalf, you tend to overlook some of the things you took for granted when you were young. You start not noticing some of the things about yourself that you don't really want to notice. You don't notice that when you look in the mirror that the six-pack abs that once adorned your frame have turned into something between a bubba and a keg. You don't notice that when you're ogling those pretty dancers that they might not be laughing with you. You will notice that your wife will still smack you. Those are mostly unavoidable.

Another thing you don't notice are the bizarre things that happen to yourself. If you keep getting headaches when you're setting up camp or out there on the main battlefield, it might not be because your campmates are just watching you work or because guys in blue tape are repeatedly smacking you in the head with blunt objects. You really need to watch your water intake, particularly if you don't normally get off your couch much or live in climates like I do which are more amenable to cross-country skiing and ice fishing than cooking the camp breakfast on your new armor. You never know when the great curse of Pennsic will strike. No, I'm not talking about the little blonde in the next camp who smiled at you. Remember what I wrote earlier. The great curse is dehydration. Please, make sure you're drinking something out of your water cooler and not always out of your beer cooler. The beer can wait.

A few days ago one of my best friends went down with the heat pretty bad, bad enough that he ended up in the hospital. When you're at Pennsic, you need to be spending your time at Pennsic, not down the road at the hospital. You can't see the dancers from Butler Memorial. And isn't that why we're all here in the first place?

Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together.

Pennsic Rallies for a Legend

By Grizzly

Reporter, the Pennsic Independent

Thursday evening Og returned to Pennsic to dozens of well-wishers, cheering his name "Og! Og! Og!", waiting to present him with his brand new yurt.

Early in the first week of Pennsic, Og was force to leave due to a sudden illness. While he was recuperating, his campmate Stitch and "brother" Wolfgang of the MacPharlain Clan, hoping to cheer him up, decided to help him out by cleaning and straightening up Og's tent. Upon closer inspection of his abode they found that it had seen better days, and since it had a broken zipper and leaky roof, the only option was a new tent. With no new tents to be found, they spoke to Lord Valadar of Sparrowhawk from Great American Yurts, to see how much a yurt might cost. When he heard it was for Og, Valadar told them he was willing to make a special deal, half price, $800 for a brand new yurt.

Stitch and Wolfgang decided to take up a collection, passing the hat, or in this case Og's Helmet. As he walked through camp with Og's helmet and club, Wolfgang said, "the true spirit of Pennsic came out." Everyone wanted to donate; children chased them down to throw pennies in the hat for Og even after their parents had already put in money. StitchÕs son Dragon and his friends stood on Beggars' Row giving hugs in exchange for donations for Og. Several people went around collecting for the cause.

While they initially only hoped to get some portion of the cost of the yurt deferred by donations, Stitch and Wolfgang found that within a few hours they had collected in excess of $1200, more than enough for the yurt, and money was still coming. In the end they had collected over $1500, enough for the yurt, a new bed, a door and shelves. The money that was left over was presented to Og to help offset his medical expenses.

The walls of the yurt were taken to locations around Pennsic for people to sign. The top portion, the "wheel," was brought to the Pennsic Independent for the staff to sign.

When his friends learned that Og would return Thursday evening, there was a mad dash to get the tent set up, the bed made, and all of his belongings organized and placed inside before his return. Pennsic Independent staff artist Muirne painted a plaque with Og's face on it for his door. The final touch was to place Og's own plaque reading, "Relinquite spem omnes qui hic intratis," [sic] on the threshold.

As the work was being finished, word came that he was on his way. People began wandering in to Og's camp about that time, wanting to be there to welcome him home. More and more showed up, and it wasn't long before there were several dozen people crowded into the camps common tent waiting to welcome Og.

As the car came in to view, Wolfgang stepped onto the road, holding Og's club high and, with everyone joining in, he chanted, "Og!Og!Og!"
Og's face was aglow with a big smile as he walked up and saw his new tent. His helmet filled with get-well cards was presented to him. He gratefully accepted his gifts and, overcome with emotion, announced he wanted to thank everyone for what they had done.

Stitch and Wolfgang added, "God bless the people of Pennsic! We can't thank you enough!"

The Warhorns of Summer are Blasting Again

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Greetings once again to all my fellow SCA warrior watchers and the warriors who keep us entertained and enthralled at these great Pennsic Wars!

With the majority of the brawling throng still finding its way onto site, I thought it might be a good idea to review "what's up" on this year's Pennsic Battlefield schedule.

Change is a constant on the battlefield schedule from year to year and this year is no different.
If there's a catchphrase for this year's schedule, it would be "Fight all you want, we'll have more battles."

In honor of Pennsic War XXXVII, the number of War Points this year is 37. That's the biggest number of War Points in Pennsic history, nearly double last year's total (21).

What's more, that number is weighted toward mass heavy battles.

Three Points will be offered to the rapier fighters, including the rapier champions, while the traditional four Points will be given to archery and four more Points are allotted for heavy fighting champions' battles.

That leaves a whopping 26 points to be decided in six mass battles. Any fighter who leaves Pennsic this year claiming he didn't get enough stick time has no one but himself to blame.

Let's break it down battle-by-battle. There are some new fights and some twists on some old battles which should make things very interesting this year.Remember, although these battles are listed on the official battlefield schedule, all battle times are approximate and subject to change:

* Gates of Rome Battle @ 10 a.m. Monday Aug. 4 (5 points) -> The newest "concept" battle at Pennsic, this will be a 60-minute, unlimited resurrection affair fought over five gates in the "Aurelian Wall" around Rome. The wall will run diagonally across the main battlefield at Pennsic and a banner will be at each of the five gates. Control of each banner will be worth one War Point at the end of the battle. By the way, combat archery and siege weapons are allowed. This should be a fun.

* Woods Battle @ 11 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 5 (5 points) -> The Pennsic original returns with simplified rules this year: 120 minutes of unlimited resurrection warfare; five banners to fight over; control of each banner at the end of the fight awards one War Point. It's still impossible to watch, but it's still a lot of fun to fight, so they tell me.

* Town Battle @ 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 6 (5 points) -> A 90-minute unlimited resurrection fight, this battle will be fought over five flags stashed throughout the town. Marshals will check who "owns" each flag every 15 minutes, with majority ownership of each flag earning a War Point. I smell a tactical affair.

* Mountain Pass Battle @ 2 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 6 (3 points) -> That's right; two mass battles in one day.
This will be a one-hour, unlimited resurrection affair will be fought over three banners, with control of each banner at the end earned a War Point. Be aware, this is the battle where the combat archers and siege engineers like to play and ballista bolts don't care where or not a spectator wears armor.

* Bridge Battle @ 10 a.m. Thursday Aug. 6 (3 points) -> I admit this is my favorite battle to watch because it can be so tactical. There will be three fights over five bridges. Whichever side controls the center of the bridges after 30 minutes (or rolls over the field) will claim a War Point after each fight.

* Field Battle @ 10 a.m. Friday Aug. 7 (5 points) -> The main event takes its place as the last big War Points fight with five individual battles, each worth one War Point. The first two fights will be last-man-standing brawls with only hand-held weapons, while fights four and five will allow for combat archery and siege weapons. The third fight however, will be the most unique. In this battle, TRMs Konrad and Lutr will each take the field with a banner-bearer. The object of this fight will be to kill the opposition king and force him to retire his banner before the enemy does the same to yours. (Video game fans will recognize this as a "regicide" game Ð only this one is live action!)

There are the big battles of the week in a nutshell. It's going to be a long, fun War.

I can't wait to see all of you on the field. To Arms!

PI Saturday August 9, 2008

Midrealm, East Share Spoils on the Field

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

DonalBane’s unofficial War Points: Midrealm 16, East 13, Mid-East Coalition 3, Allied Kingdoms 0 (one tie – phew!)

The Grand Armies of the Dragon and Tyger met for the final time at Pennsic XXXVII in the Field Battle Friday. This year, there were five last-man-standing fights, although — as has become customary at this Pennsic —there were a few twists along the way.
The East’s forces lined up on the west side of the field, looking to score victory. Atlantia, Ironlance and the Ulsterblichen were sent north to start the day, with the bulk of the East army and the western allies to the south and only a small force of mercenaries in the center.
The Midrealm lined up on the east side of the field, sending Æthelmearc and the Tuchux north, the whole of the Midrealm army in the center and Ealdormere, Calontir and the other allied kingdoms to the south.
The first fight saw the East make no attempt to defend the center of the field; everything was thrown into a double flanking maneuver and the strategy worked. Despite the Tuchux doing a complete circle around the battlefield, the East forces stuck together a bit better during this annihilation battle. About 50 warriors were all that was left on the field after a final hold was called, but the East’s forces overran the Huskarls, giving the East victory in the first fight.
Thirsty for victory, the Dragon’s forces brought a bit more aggression into the second fight. The Midrealm army thwarted the East’s flanking attempts by throwing everything they had at both flanking forces. When the dust cleared, few warriors from either side were alive, but the Tuchux had held themselves in reserve at the top of the field after sweeping Black Talon off of it. The Tuchux then joined the remnant of the Æthelmearcian army in a pincer movement towards the center, which crusted the remaining East forces.
The third fight was a “regicide” battle where the object was to be the first to kill the king of the Midrealm or the East. However, before the fight, the Tyger and Dragon saw most of the allied kingdoms abandon them and form their own army on the north of the battlefield. HRM Anton of Calontir agreed to carry the banner for the allies, turning the regicide fight into a three-way dance.
The Midrealm attacked from the southeast corner and the East from the southwest. It was clear both kingdoms were annoyed with the rebellion and sent almost all of their forces against the allies. HRM Anton shifted to the northeast corner of the battlefield, where forces from Calontir and Ironlance surrounded him.
However, the strategy backfired. The Midrealm’s forces, aided by the Tuchux, put the Atlantian army to the sword, while the East focused all of its forces on the northeast corner. HRM Anton’s fate was sealed by wave after wave of coalition forces and he was eventually slain.
After a hold, it looked like TRM Lutr and Konrad were spoiling for a fight. With Lutr surrounded by the Huskarls and Konrad surrounded by the Ulsterblichen, the forces charged headlong into each other … and then hugged each other to signify the end of the battle.
Furious at the collusion of the belligerent nations, the allied kingdoms reformed on the north side of the battlefield. This time, the East and Midrealm did not find their intentions as Dragon and Tyger lined up on the south of the field together. The fight that followed was quick and brutal as the coalition forces turned the right flank of the allies. In the end, houses Serpentius and Darkmoon were seen destroying the last remnants of the Atlantian army.
The final fight pitted the allies and the Middle-East coalition against each other again, but the allies had no better luck. Despite the Midrealm loaning the Northern Oaken army to the allies, the coalition rolled over the field, ending the final heavy battle of Pennsic in victory.

Saturday’s Big Battle: The flight of dragons through the gate!
As always, VIVAT, HOOBAH, HUZZAH and WASSAIL to all my warrior friends and fellow warrior watchers. May we all meet again on these same fields for Pennsic XXXVIII.

Pennsic Memories

By Jack Marvell
Feature Reporter, Pennsic Independent
With the drums of War fallen into silence, many members of the populace begin their long journeys homeward today. For them, the memories of Pennsic XXXVII will shine ever brighter as the days pass.
The Pennsic Independent took to the streets to ask the populace what were their best memories of the War.
“My best memory of the War was having the Queen of Gleann Abhann make me a citizen (of her kingdom),” said Safiya Bint Hakim Al-Khwarizmi, her eyes shining with emotion. “I feel very at home in the encampment”
Another lady, Anlaith Ingentrena, talked about the excitement of the town battle. “I would have to say my best Pennsic memory this year was being in the Town Battle,” she said. “I was really wild. I had lot of fun, lots of adrenaline. It has been a very good experience.”
Count Sir Duncan von Halstern said he has good family memories.
“We’re here with our two kids,” he said. “Just sharing Pennsic with my children, that’s something that’s going to stick with me for a while.”
When asked about his best memory early Friday morning, Fionn of Dun na Ngal looked to the future instead of the past.
“I’m about to have one,” he said. “It’s always when the women in white march of my clan from the bog.”
Each Pennsic for about the last 10 years, the women of Clanne Preachain lead their warriors to the field battle. They are dressed in white, carrying swords and spears. They chant and sing and exhort the warriors to victory, Fionn said
Sean, Fionn’s son, has his own best memories.
“Eating burgers and going crazy for no reason and wearing my socks around camp,” he said.
Flora, daughter of the Pennsic Independent’s publisher, Despôtissa Heirusalem Crystoma, enjoyed some time spent with the Dragon Herald of the Midrealm, Master Dafydd Blaid.
“I would have to say dancing with Taffy,” she said.
Encountered in the dubious company of the highly-esteemed OG, Stitch, a lady dressed in the pirate fashion, said her best memory was “getting him his yurt.”
“It surprised the hell out of me,” OG said
“Yes, it did, and that was the beautiful thing,” Stitch said.
For Catlin Svensdottir, the best memory was music.
“Playing my harp on Runestone Hill while being accompanied on guitar by a campmate,” she said. “We played ‘Greensleeves’. What better place to play harp? It is the most Pennsic-y place we know.

Permanent Rune Stone To Be Erected

By Mistress Tirza bithe Reaboughes,
O.P., O.M., S.F., Q.O.C.

Baron David Cooper has given his most gracious, exuberant approval to the erection of an 8’ memorial stone for the family and friends that have passed on. Lord Valdis of Gotland, of the East Kingdom, an established bone and wood carver, is heading the project. The design will be finalized after the 10 ton stone is aquired from a local quarry; however. It will be in the style of Scandinavian 1-14th century memorial stones with a rune inscription. Once the design is laid out on the stone, Lord Valdis will NOT be carving it. The people of Pennsic are invited to come together and participate in this phase, to work out our own sorrow as we work the stone. For Valdis, the inspiration was the loss of Lady Sueeatra, former proprietor of S&M Leathers. Each of us will be welcome to carve in the memory of our own special grief.
In order to accomplish this, Lord Valdis needs two things – good words for the inscription (he hesitates to use his own) and funding. Stone purchases and delivery are estimated to be $1,000, all to be raised by private donation. Checks will be accepted at Booth #64 Shrewwood (where Valdis’ design skill may also be observed) made to: “Cooper’s Lake Memorial Rune Stone.” After war, checks can be mailed to Ken Koll, 44 North Church Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268. The funds will be held in this account until the stone is purchased. Inscription recommendations can be submitted at the booth or emailed to kenkoll8974@hotmail.com. Lord Valdis (Ken Koll) will establish a discussion group on Yahoo for all who contact him to finalize the inscription.

Unclassifieds

Contest Results
Thursday’s Atlantian heraldic walking tour results: 1. Atenveldt 2. Ravenstreet 3. East’s Applique Walls 4. House Drachenstein-Heraldic Canopy 5. Atlantia-Walls & “Stained Glass” windows.

For Sale
14 ft. Yurt for sale. Set up $500 or Best Offer Moritu Camp as is.
2-Story Pavillion - Frame-and-Cavas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
ANALOG / IF / GALAXY MAGS 1996-2005 mostly complete $250/best offer. See Master John at The Stavechurch
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Civil War Tent 10x12 $200 Blood Moon Clan corner lot near Solar Showers ask for Hillary in Camp w/onion dome.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly. Available on site space 26.
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2
Fine linen Norse Aprons, Viking tunics, and embroidered coats at The Hooded Hare. Hop over to our new space: #164, Fleet Street
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale Don’t be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
FOR SALE- GYPSY WAGON $1800 OBO WE LOST THE RIDE HOME FOR IT! BOOTH 119 YURTS OF AMERICA.
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale: Tipman Boss handsticher leather sewing machine. No electric needed! Retailed @ $1500 plus accessories. No longer being manufactured. $750 as is condition inqure Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Going home sale. See what new and used pavillions we have left. Pack your gear in a sturdy but beautiful trunk. Think about renting a period pavillion for next Pennsic. 12ft yurt Singing Horse design $900, 18x20 Panther new $1300 site #3
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails, beautiful speckled cow hides. 18x20 Panther new $1300 14ft yurt singing horse design complete with Floor $1400 OBO. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
Going out of business sale at Castle Furnishings! Deep discounts! Everything at least 20% off. Many items 90% off. Some store fixtures available SPC 63
Handmade slat bed for sale. Based on Gokstad bed. $400 OBO. Robin House Gallowglass Camp, N03, Corner of St. Lawrence and Sedalia Way.
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
New heads! Heads tightened! richspiritdrums.com
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
Pavilion for sale: 20x15 green & gold. $1200 Sleepy Unicorn, Street of Gold. Containers included
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everythingyou need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Pavilions(tm) available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
You!Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
General
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
An idea for next year. Could we have a drop off at the end of war for non perishables to go to a local shelter?
CLEAN, DRY, cardboard paper boxes. Pick up at the Pennsic Independent on Friday or Saturday. FREE!!!
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in Celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Drumsmith Richard Barony of Fenix 541-778-2540
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
For Sale Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Gold medal-winning squid seeks endorsement opportunities. Leave a note for Squirty at the lakeside by the flushies. That’s right...just a little closer now
GOT LUMBER? Don’t throw it in the dumpster, donate it! I’m building my kids a treehouse. Please call 814-720-9018 for pickup. Thanks -Thyri
Hoobah FOSCADH for FIGHTING in ALL 37 PENNSIC WARS
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
The Ladies’ Tea would like to thank all the musicians, dancers, and ladies for an amazing Monday night. We look forward to seeing all of you next year same time for a Midsummer’s Night Dream celebration!- The Black Pearl
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
To Gunther and the Furballs: bedtime just isn’t the same without you. Be home soon with lots o’ booty. Nicolaa
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
Who do Kings answer to? Their Queens!
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
Wurm- will you come home w me? I love you- Tristan
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)

Lost & Found
Be a true Scadian-Turn in the pewter astrolabe I wore every war since P20 Reward - L&F or 631-786-6025
Lost: A&S project. Handwoven linen napkin lost Tuesday between E-01 and Your Inner Vagabond. Please return to Camp Budgardr in W-09. Reward.
Lost cell phone Palm One, large keyboard silver grey, large screen it is needed for business geneous reward will be given when found. Please contact The Pennsic Independent office.
Lost red cell phone bring to lost & found pls
Wanted Park-o-meter lost last year walked away from r/s reward talk to Og.
Parties
Baron Gugliemo Bardicci extends his artsan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD bodyart to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (booth 24).
Helewyse-it was Baronwars 1, you forgot my name, I never saw your face(but my pillow remembers) congratulations on making Baroness! Signed “Big Boy” from Darkyard
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
BARONESS Katrina Macaolish. Thank you for the return of my headband. Truly grateful. Lady Muzafar
Donnehadh DubhGlas and Marian O’Neall have a new Scadian! Welcome Elizabeth Diane Thompson
Fernando: You go home now. You use up all the fun! L.
Let all know that the kindest, most thoughtful people are Scadians. Grateful thanks to whoever turned my wallet into lost and found. Lady Svea the Shortsighted.
To the beautiful red headed lady I saw on the battlefield. Would like to get to know you. Come to Silverhorde camp E01 ask for Wolfy.
To the man w/g dark hair & blue paw tattoo @ Runestone Hill showers prev Tues: I was so entranced I couldn’t speak (and was underdressed from the shower cleanout when they kicked us to the steps.) I wish I had had the courage to smile @ you. ~Gwenyvere of Nox Draconsis (the girl in the towel & shift)-
Ulfr Hlnn Svarti Juzki and Charity Morgan- Oh how we missed you, your smiles and laughter (though a bottle of your mead made it). We pray you will overcome all obstacles and share next year’s war with your many friends.

PI Sunday August 3, 2008

Known World Rose Youth Archery Tournament

The new theme this year was "Alice through the looking glass," complete with Jabberwockys. The shoot was designed by Countess Aibhilin and Count Tarquin of the Midrealm.

Results:
Age 9 and under:
Winner: Tristan of Kyngesbridge. Second place: Thomas Montague,
Ages 10-13:
Winner: Patrick MacFearghus. Second place: Erik of Roxbury Mill. Third place (tie): Brianna of Meridies and Uilliam MacFearghus.
Ages 14-17:
Winner: Kaine McFearson. Second place: Breccan of Atlantia.

Rune the Runestone

(My master compels me to put pen to papyrus and preserve his thoughts; who is he to think these words so precious? May Allah forgive him his pride and vanity -- Abd al-iblis)
Not so very long ago, two squires sought to be the best Vikings that the Known Worlde would ever see. Thal and Dag were so intent to do this that they would pass notes with the Futhark Runes between them, hoping that the Master would not notice.
All winter and spring they prepared themselves while assisting the Master's work to arm the royal army. When summer had come, they had proven themselves battle worthy; the Master joined them in the caravan to the tenth battle of the Pennsic War.
Once the arms were distributed and the wine of war tasted, they joined the Master in battle against the greatest host the kingdom had ever faced. Though separated from their Master early in the battle, they fought the tide of foes with all the fury of a Dane Bramaged Bersark. So valorous their victory, so grand was that stand that all skalds fear that any tale would pale before the sooth truth.
Once the adversary had been put to rout, Dag and Thal celebrated with mead, song, and fair shield maidens in the Valhalla that is Pennsic. Well, two out of three ain't bad. They watched the Great Kings raise up the worthy and debase the scoundrels in the Great Court of the Renown. Philip the Pilgrim can attest to this.
There before the whole host of the court a graven stone from Calontir (a little known land, which must be as flat at the stones they gave to the Great Kings, or so it is said) was laid at the feet of the Kings. It chronicled the deeds of the two most Famous Viking Squires of the Known World that day done (or so Thal and Dag thought they heard, for the mead made their ears ring, and Calontirish tongues are thick).
When day broke the following morn, and the great piles of loot from the fleeing armies was divided, the Master saw to the preparation of the wain for the journey home. Finding themselves at leisure (and with swollen and sore heads), the two squires sauntered to the crest of the battlefield hill where stood the stone that chronicled their famous fortunes of war. Dag stopped to read the side of the stone facing North, and Thal began reading aloud from the Southern face of the stone.
Though the words of the Northern face were set in the vulgar tongue of Calonstani, Dag could perceive the meaning behind them. Remarkably, the words that Thal spoke aloud were much the same. "The same must be written on that side!" exclaimed the Dark Viking Squire, and as he walked round the stone he saw ***To Be Continued***.

Having seen the words that he had heard Thal speak, he was taken aback when he saw that the words were inscribed on the other side in the Futhark Runes. All of these deeds were witnessed by no less than Philip the Pilgrim, whose worth and wisdom cannot be denied.
Masalaama, Mukhtar Durr al-Jabal al-Mukhfi.

Saturday Battlefield Report

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

St. Michael's Vespers Deed of Arm
The Company of St. Michael made a triumphant return to Pennsic Saturday with a Deed of Arms, seeking to replicate authentic fighting conditions in a classic tournament style.
After a class on the subject of deeds of arms, Master Gallaron de Cressy opened the list field to all comers.
Nine gentles answered the call: Baron Angus Tailor, Sir Aengus MacBain, Earl Yngvar the Dismal of Aethelmearc, Baron Sir Manfred Von Halstern, Sir Magariki Katsuicha no Koredono, Lord Erich Hundeman, Lord Simon de Poitier, Lord Henry of Bexley and Lord James Skalli.
The gentles did battle in single and small melee groups, with blows to exposed areas and face thrusts counting for automatic kills. Several bouts were fought with counted blows using short spears, poleaxes and short swords.
The assembled crowd, which included a period band, showed their appreciation.

Second Left-handed Tournament
Things got sinister on the red list Saturday and that was a good thing as the Left-handed Tournament returned after a one year hiatus. Lord Haden and Ysemay Sterling hosted the tournament.
Twenty gentles, including several brave right-handed fighters who switched sides, did battle with sword and shield from the southpaw side. The tournament was a round robin.
Sir Gabriel of Maccuswell from the East claimed victory, while HRH Havordh of Gleann Abhann was runner-up.

"My Mom Can Beat Up Your Mom" Tournament
Claiming the prize for best tournament name this war, the Barony of Northwoods hosted the "My Mom Can Beat Up Your Mom" Tournament, a tournament open to female fighters with SCA or mundane dependents.
Nine mothers took the field to defend their childrens' honor in this round robin tournament.
Claiming the title of "The World's Greatest Mom" ( so emblazoned on a plaque in macaroni art ( was Countess Kaylah the Cheerful of Ealdormere. Cunian Beornhelm of Atlantia came in as runner-up.

Tarl's Little Polearm Tournament III
For the third straight year, the Shire of Sunderoak(on whose lands Pennsic takes place(hosted a polearm tournament in honor of local polearm hero THL Tarl Shadowraven.
This bear pit style tournament brought out 52 fighters, all of whom brought named polearms to the fray. Two 45-minute bear pits ran(interrupted by a Middle Eastern dance show at "halftime" (with each fighter earning two points for each win and one point for a loss.
At the end of the bear pit, THL Stephen DuBois of Northshield accumulated 97 points, earning the right to face Tarl in a best-of-three fight for the grand prize.
With $50 on the line, Stephen defeated Tarl in two straight bouts.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Mountain Confederation's Annual Gagpipper's competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o'dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12

Events Open to All
Holding a charity tournament? Tell us about it! See Gwynneth at the Pennsic Independent.

For Sale
16" English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall.Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years bo
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
WE"RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE! Claus the Toymaker will autograph his new book, ASTONISHING TALE OF THE GUMP OF OZ, Monday, Aug. 4 from 11 am to 4 pm at Poison Pen Press Booth 637
Fabric Dragon is not in the merchants guide but is at Pennsic in space #106 Street of Gold. Big Sale!
Flax stricts $14 Cabochons #19 Bow St
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Glass knitting needles- you have to try them to believe them! 19 Bow St.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails $14, beautiful speckled cow hides. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Hafla tent 4 sale best offer. Orluk Oasis
Handspun yarn from a 12th c. type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
High quality Korean horse bows $399 Yumi #83
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What'cha gonna do? What'ca gonna do when the punchline's you?- Claus the Toymaker.
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New,never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
Panther pavillion, 10x10, regent, $500, BEN@SINPIT,E05
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
"Pennsic for Dummies" by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period pavilions available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
Tent: 8x12 canvas roof rip stop nylon sides outside aluminum frame available 8-4. $25 Bo3 House Blackmoon. Wilhelm or Arduinna
For Sale SCA Road Signs- "Fighter Practice Area", "Danger Viking Territory" and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Tent Masters Pavillion 15x21. 6 years old, good condition. Available Sat. 9 Aug. All equipment & more. $1200 OBO. Janus/Illanna of Dragon Clan. E02 Off the Strand.
NOT for spinners only- "Spinster's Rules!" Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
"Pennsic in a Box" new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Under the mango tree. Hand made leather bound Journals 100% cotton paper. In the bazzar next to Pillaged Village.
"Expotition" Probable pronunciation "ex-poh-tih-shun." "Going out with the conscious aim of drinking along the route, essentially a pub crawlerÉ." A.K.A. "amoeba."
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly available on site space 26.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent's Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Baron Guglieimo Bardicci gratefully extends his artisan Jubal to provide his beautious woad bodyart to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (booth 24). He will also feature at this evening's Lowdy Toady party at my Casa Bardicci. Bona Notte!
Bored Scadian at Garments by the Goat. #097 Redhair and Hutzpah. Drop by.
BPAL meet & sniff! Come and share the magic. Tues @4:00. Camp Dancing Fox on E01 Dragons Trace
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in Celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
Do something with your kid besides sweat! Make colorful medallion cords! Kits at Claus the Toymakers.
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon's Magic #25
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon's Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon's Magic #25
Form the depths of Valhalla, forged in Mithril and quenched in mead, mercenaries are not created; they are born. Mercenary Union Norseland/Varg E23 Bog.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
HOT GLASS - X05 - Tonight - Ask for Erland (Next to Solar Showers)
Is your child bored? Make a medallion cord! Colors galore! At Claus the Toymaker's Store!
SAIL MAKERS NEEDLES. 2", 3 1/2", 4 12"! Dragon's Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON'S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
Snaebjorn! Where are you? What is noiz? I have stopped for garb and hope to find this brotherhood of the silver apple soon!
Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2" xl2y $13.95 Dragon's Magic #25
The king and queen of the West are here! See them at opening ceremonies, on the field and on merchants row. Long live King Titus & Queen Eilis!
THE SCA HAS HAD A REPUTATION FOR LEAVING A SITE CLEANER THAN WE FOUND IT. PLEASE HELP CONTINUE THIS REPUTATION. FIONA MACGREGOR GDH
Think you are hardcore? Join the Mercenary Union. Report to Norseland/Varg at E23 in the Bog.
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon's Magic
To the kind lady who delivered garb to Do–a Teresa @ Abbaye Darnoun thank you very much! Please identify yourself 2 me as my campmates didn't write down your name and I wish to thank you personally!
Wurm - love you more with each passing day- Tristan
Yes, I'm Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn't make the move I wanted to make. I've consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 26)

Personals
Farasha & Suad #60 rave "now to the sky" by Tribe O
Fernando, please don't break anything (bed, pavilion, arm, Olga, etc.) -L.
In seach of: Eleanor of Waldren, Emeric Wendell, Geoffrey Matthias, Morgan Elandris. I have something for you. Eowyn, Tagmata, W05.
"Cenamorous" Probable pronunciation "sehn-a-more-us." "An intimate meal, often laden with aphrodisiacs, whose intention is to arouse feelings of passionÉ." With the right dining partner, any food can be an aphrodisiac.
Ladies of Pennsic, Lord Valdis of Gotland had a birthday on July 26th. I ask you to wish him well, gift him with a kiss or punish him with a spanking, as you deem appropriate.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Tiger seeks champion to ransom him from Midrealm merchant. Space 122 hurry!

PI Thursday August 7, 2008

Atlantian Five Man-Melee Tournament

Wednesday afternoon eight teams of five each met on the rapier field for the tournament. In the four matchups it came down to Thieves of Hearts, Stormguard, Caer Mear, and Death for All Occasions. Caer Mear defeated Death for All Occasions in the final round for the win. Cear Mear from Atlantia was presented silver pins to display their honor and skill. The Thieves of Hearts were presented with silver rings for their display of courtesy and honor during the Tournament

Middle and East Thrown Weapons Championship Competition

By Colin MacKenzie,
Pennsic 37 Deputy Thrown Weapons Marshal
For the Pennsic Independent
The East won with a score of 141 from 12 throwers. The Middle accumulated 127 points, also from 12 throwers. Today’s throwers were all Baronial or invited champions. The top individual thrower was Master Charles of Alden of Æthelmearc, throwing for the Midrealm.

Town and Moutain Pass Battle

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter,
Pennsic Independent
DonalBane’s unofficial War Points: Midrealm Dragons 13, East Tygers 8 (one draw)

While the ladies of Pennsic prepared for the shopping “War Point” Wednesday at Midnight Madness, the warriors of Pennsic assembled for a pair of mass battles: the Town battle and the Mountain Pass battle.
The Town battle took place in the morning as the Tyger and Dragon fought over five banners. Possession of each banner was checked at 15-minute intervals during the 90-minute resurrection affair. Whichever side had the majority of possessions of each banner earned a War Point.
With the field split along a diagonal line of hay bales, the East came in from the south side of the field. The East deployed the Ulsterblichen, the Northern Army, Ironlance and Northshield on its left flank; Atlantia, Clovenshield, Duchy von Drachenklaue and the East’s western allies went to the center; and Black Talon, House Serpentius and the Southern Army held the right flank. The Midrealm’s House Lozengia was loaned to the East for the battle alongside VDK. VDK would return the favor in the afternoon’s mountain pass battle.
The Midrealm attacked from the east side of the field. The Dragon deployed Ealdormere, Calontir and its western allies on its left flank; Æthelmearc, Midlands, Trimaris and the Huskarls to the center; and the Tuchux, the Oaken armies, Constellation and Pentamere to the right.
It was a bit of a ragged start, but the Warriors rushed headlong into the fray, during which three distinct battles took place.
To the southeast, the Midrealm and East’s forces faced each other in a static melee through two gates. Neither side was able to make much headway, which allowed the sides to each take one banner in the southeast corner.
To the northeast, the situation was much more fluid. Early on, it looked as if the East’s forces would be able to roll over the Midrealm’s forces and turn the north flank. However, determined counterattacks by the Dragon forces turned the tide. In the end, the north-central banner was taken as House Darkmoon entrenched itself around the banner. Midrealm forces also held the northeast banner.
The battle for the center banner was nothing short of a mosh pit. The Atlantian army focused all its efforts on the banner, only to be met by equally determined forces from Darkyard and Æthelmearc. After 90 minutes of hand-to-hand war, Darkyard was able to secure the banner and a 4-1 win for the Midrealm.
“I know the points are irrelevant and we’re just her having fun,” HRM Lutr told his troops. “I know the heart I saw from our troops was twice that of the East at the end.”
After taking about an hour-long break from the midday sun, the forces reassembled for the Mountain Pass battle. This 60-minute, siege weapon-friendly resurrection battle was fought over three banners to the north, south and within the pass. Possession of each banner at the end of the fight earned a War Point.
The East entered the fray from its traditional west-side starting point. Black Talon and House Serpentia started in the south, while Ironlance, the Ulsterblichen and Atlantia in the center and elements of the East’s Northern and Southern armies to the north.
The Midrealm started from the east again, deploying Æthelmearc, VDK and House Lozengia to the south; Darkyard, the Huskarls, the Oaken armies and Constellation to the center; and Calontir, Ealdormere, Midlands, Pentamere and the Tuchux to north.
The fight in the south was one-sided. Æthelmearcian warriors overran the field and held the East’s forces at least 30 yards ahead of the banner for most of the fight. A late charge from Atlantia made things interesting, but the Midrealm countered by sending Constellation south to help.
In the end, Æthelmearc rolled over the field again with House Sable Maul entrenched at the southern banner.
Things were much closer at the central banner, as charges and countercharges from both sides kept the line fluid inside the pass. In the end, however, the Huskarls were able to punch a hole through the center to secure the banner, with House Stahlgeist.
To the north, the East made numerous charges to take the banner, but combined forces of the Midrealm’s allies proved too much to overcome. At the end of the fight, a solid wall of Calontiri purple surrounded a single Eastern warrior, giving the Midrealm a 3-0 win.

Thursday’s big battle:
The Bridge Battle
After a brief hiatus, the Bridge battle returns to Pennsic. This year, there will be three fights over five bridges, with control of the majority of bridges after 30 minutes (or sweeping the field) earning a War point. Stick around for the Belted, Unbelted and Allied Champions’ battles after the fight.
What to watch for: Spear duels and countercharges. Because of the constricted nature of the battle, it’s always a tactical affair. Also, if one bridge is overrun, keep your eyes open, because the end is usually soon in coming.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Mountain Confederation’s Annual Bagpiper’s competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o’dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12

Contest Results
1st Atlantian heraldic walking tour results:1st: Vair Ermine, 2nd: Falr Ulnyr, 3rd: Darkyard, 4th: Glenn Abhann Royal, 5th: Singing Stones Magnetic In-Out board
The Pennsic Grand Subtley Competition and Exhibition will be held at Casa Bardicci during their Open House today noon to four and the “Hoity-Toity” party tonight. worthy entries earn Bardicci coins or party tokens. Winner receives an exquisite prize created by Genvieve de Caulde Font of White Swan Illuminations (Oakwode Hall 160).

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-demimational. All are welcome 8PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
Reform Jewish services behind Silver Dragon Co. 11 Bow St 7PM Friday
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, Market Street behind the barn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
14 ft. Yurt for sale. Set up $500 or Best Offer Moritu Camp as is.
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall.Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at Under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years BO
2-Story Pavillion - Frame-and-Canvas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
A-Frame Tent - Tent masters 10x8 with poles and stakes. $300 firm. See Brendan in Pentwyvern E16
Aero recurve bow sale midnight madness special bow and set of arrows $69.00 back quivers 10% off all bows sold on Wed get a free bow sock Greybarr Traditional Archery space 89
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Alotta Drums wow $20 #190 under the only 2 trees!
ANALOG / IF / GALAXY MAGS 1996-2005 mostly complete$250/best offer. See Master John at The Stavechurch
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Baltic amber starting at .50 ea. stones 10% off till midnight, rounding up. Silver Cauldron #136
Beaded shoes & headdresses #190
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Bosch’ hurdy-gurdy for sale. This is the last one m ade by the lutier Charles Supplee before his retirement, and is patterned after the one in the painting Garden of Earthly Delights (15c). Includes heavy wood case, antler tuning key, string cotton, and waist strap. $1900. contact Sir Ogami, Clan Yama Kaminari, E03
Calligraphy nibs & supplies: scissors from stork to 12” Tailor Shears: Bowls 8” to 17” to 17” dia. A Tinker 197 Plunder La.
Civil War Tent 10x12 $200 Blood Moon Clan corner lot near Solar Showers ask for Hillary in Camp w/onion dome.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
CLARIFICATION! DRAGONS MAGIC #25 is the brown Slavic house by the store and bath house. We are purveyors of fine fabrics and notions. Fabric Dragon #106 is the tent by Currie Rd and sells threads & beads.
Coin tops & scarves harem pants $20 each, 2 for $35 #190
Coming Thursday! Lightweight 100% wool gabardine twill- Æthelmearc red and off-white! Also 100% woolen twill forest green and white linen/cotton! I called my Jobber and he’s shipping them right out! (I love my jobber) Dragons Magic #25
Etched amber awards are at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market St.
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Pennsic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Fine linen Norse Aprons, Viking tunics, and embroidered coats at The Hooded Hare. Hop over to our new space: #164, Fleet Street
Finest Amber in the known world is at Time Travelling Traders Space #77 Market Street.
Flax stricts $14 Cabocons #19 Bow St
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
For sale: 6mm welded stainless shirt about 6lbs $350. Ask for Jirrel at Bakhail-N11
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale - Gypsy Wagon $2500 OBO We lost the ride home for it! Booth 119 Yurts of America.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
For sale: rapier longsword and wagon 45” Darkwood blade with 9” handle $250 wagon is green garden cart $40 OBO contact Aelfwine Se Pyttel at camp “The Cove” on block N03
SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale: Tipman Boss handsticher leather sewing machine. No electric needed! Retailed @ $1500 plus accessories. No longer being manufactured. $750 as is condition inqure Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Geeks take note! Kingdom dice and playing cards are available at Calontir Trim. Mention this ad.
Steel boned corsets 99 to 250 bonded fabric WOW #190
Glass knitting needles- you have to try them to believe them! 19 Bow st.
TENT FOR SALE: Officer’s Marquee by Tentsmiths. 14’ x 8’ with 5’ walls 8’ peak 3 years old. Sunforger canvas with poles ropes and the tent bags. At GRAYFOX encampment next to DARKMOON. N18 $875 O.B.O. Cash/Paypal only
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails, beautiful speckled cow hides. 18x20 Panther new $1300 14ft yurt singing horse design complete with Floor $1400 OBO. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Tall boots $85 stripy socks $5 Wool capes 20% #190
Harps & Musical instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
Is this YOU? Free pics from Past wars. Space 26
Kingdom Cards for sale at Calontir Trim, Æthelmearc East Kingdom and Midrealm as well as Pennsic XXVII souvenir cards available.
Lots and lots pirate loot Good Booty! #190
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
New heads! Heads tightened! richspiritdrums.com
NOT for spinners only- “Spinster’s Rules!” Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Panther Pavillion 16 x 16 Regent with green dags. Will need to be rewaterproofed. Available Sat 9 August @ 11am. $1200 OBO N17 Zeebera
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs #32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
Pavilion for sale: 20x15 green & gold. $1200 Sleepy Unicorn, Street of Gold. Containers included
Pavilions for sale: 12 x 18 and 9 x 12, ropes, poles, and stakes included. See Eleanor at The Blue Unicorn space 182
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everythingyou need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Pavilions™ available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
Silk parasols $5 Wood Fans $1 Snoods 2 for $5 #190
Twin size rope bed frame $75 See Bjorn Block W18 Lake Shore beside flushie trailer.
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly. Available on site space 26.
Want to buy a bridge? 8 ft to 10 ft span bridge for sale. $200 or best offer. Transportable! Packable! On display at W07. Ask for Emmiken.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You!Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Beads, bead looms, trims and linen fabrics Silverdragon Company Bow Street Space #11
CONGRATULATIONS DEALLA on your resounding skills with Estrogen & Axes and winning first place. Congrats Kristin on 4th. I am honored to love you both. -- G
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Drumsmith Richard Barony of Fenix 541-778-2540
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
GOT LUMBER? Don’t throw it in the dumpster, donate it! I’m building my kids a treehouse. Please call 814-720-9018 for pickup. Thanks -Thyri
Free garb and stuff! Please visit E30, the tent with the orange curtains. Help yourself to anything on the mats in the front yard each day till Thurs.
Good Gentles......
How much have you spent on your armor?
How much have you spent on your garb?
How much have you spent on your children?
This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Handkerchief linen! Silk, patterns, pewter badges and more! Silverdragon Company Space #11 Bow Street
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
Hear ye, hear ye! Their Most Royal Majesties of Ealdormere, Aaron and Rustique, have seen fit to elevate their loyal subject, Baron James the Mercer, to the Order of the Pelican - for his long and devoted service to the Kingdom. All are welcome to attend Ealdormere’s court, to be held Thursday, August 7at 6:00 PM in the barn to help celebrate this happy occasion. For those of you wishing to offer your personal congratulations, Baron James will sit his vigil Thursday, August 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in Ealdormere’s Royal Encampment, located in W17.
Hoobah FOSCADH for FIGHTING in ALL 37 PENNSIC WARS
Howls and tail wags to my ArgentLupe buddies (and Victor!) up there at War! Miss you all. Kill some for me! I’m thinking of you all as I relax in my AC and take a long, leisurely shower. Alana
It’s the double twisting back viking roll! 9.0, 9.5, 10.0, and a 6 from the...oh wait, someone just ate the Caidan judge. Will Squirty prevail?
Lady Veronica Rosso misses all her friends. Wish I was there!
NEW VIKING HOME COMPANION CD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PILLAGED VILLAGE Midgard Mayhem by TorvaldrTorgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday infront of the village.
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
Storytelling Academy student performances A&S 6 Friday August 8 9-10AM. Open to all. Open mic to follow.
Storytelling by Gabrielle d’Auvergne Family friendly 7-9PM Minerva’s Spindle space 158 Friday August 8
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
The time of the great Pennsic War is upon us! As we prepare for it, little thought is given to what comes after. The forests of Hornwood hold many dangerous animals on four feet...and on two. After the War, fleeing mercenaries and defeated warriors inflitrate our shire, pillaging what spoils they can find and causing great scenes ofdiscord. Join with us, the Shire of Hornwood on September 6th from 9am until 8pm in our efforts to clear out the rabble and fill out larders for the coming winter. The promise of great rewards awaits you at our hideaway home coming! Event to be held on the grounds of the bandits hideway, Hideway Lane, Brockport, PA 15824. Activities offered through the day are: a 3D archery shoot consisting of 30 targets (crossbow and atlatl welcome), a heavy weapons tavern brawl. Thrown weapons royal rounds and possibly a rapier practice. An all day sideboard with hearty soups appearing for supper will be provided. Also, an auction of worldly goods is anticipated. The site is wet, open flame is allowed. No pets. Indoor and outdoor merchant space. Contact the autocrat, Temair Ruadh, 814-938-9609
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TIR THALOR! Sorry to leave early. Bye to friends from Preachain Pentwyvrn Ironlance 3Skulls McCain and everyone we didn’t have time to hug goodbye. Hope everyone enjoyed all the MEAT at Party. Grim thanks. TIR THALOR!! Loquitor and Sabine
To the woman (Natalie’s camp auntie) who bought butterflies at The Bead Lady #146 Battle Rd. on Sun, Aug 3rd between 1 and 2pm. Please return so I may correct a credit card error.
Who do Kings answer to? Their Queens!
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Wurm- will you have a cherry cobbler w/me love-Tris
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)

Lost & Found
Found set of arrows by bath house next to barn see Greybarr Traditional Archery space 89 to recover.
Lost 2 rings in woman’s shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I’m camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Sue.
Lost Personal collection of silver Pennsic Bardicci coins. 12 10 20 coins possibly lost on Roman Rd. Please return to Joe at Casa Bardicci or lost & found. Reward for bulk of collection.
Theo! Missed you after the battle Mon. Find me at W03- Outlands really would like to see you again!!
Wanted Park-o-meter lost last year walked away from r/s reward talk to Og.

Memorials
A celebration wake in honor of fallen brothers of The Great Dark Horde will follow court of the Great Khan at 7:00 PM on Thursday - including Yang the Nauseating, Irina, and Sir Starhelm. Horde Hill E10

Obituaries
The long ship sails again! As per tradition, the viking longship will burn on teh lake on thursday, Aug. 7th at o-dark thirty location is the same as always, on the Dike Road around the corner from the flushies. Shields may be painted at the shop of Tancred’s Tanglewood. A donation of $20 is suggested.

Parties
Open party Thursday camp Blue Rose gate fee bring a stone the size of your head or a joke or riddle to please the gate keeper chocolate is a good bribe
The CASA BARDICCI “Hoity Toity” party in honor of the Arts is tonight, Dark to Midnight (and later). Two silver coins or Bardicci Party Tokens requested for entry. Tokens can be obtained at Okewode Hall, Space 160.

Personals
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
Buckland Cross --I’ve pillaged your homes, Thanks for the Cat, Fish and Xbox. Hope you are having a great war --Sid
Champion rescues tiger...Tiger now on lakeside vacation
Damiana, you have always been my favoriite Pennsic fantasy. I hope to taste your lips tonight.
Dear one as Pennsic days end I’ve missed you more each one may the Goddess see us here again Love Ti
Dear one, as the stars look down on you each night, may you look up and think of me. We can touch through the stars!!
Gas $ for ride. Pit airport. Sat.Anytime before 4pm. No armor. Just 2 bags. Craig at Booth 175. Call (781) 864-0359
Hugo! Where are you?! - Magdalena in Carillion
Illana,Thank you for 20 wonderful years. I love you. Janus
In seach of: Eleanor of Waldren, Emeric Wendell, Geoffrey Matthias, Morgan Elandris. I have something for you. Eowyn, Tagmata, W05.
Laurie Ann Renner from Sin Pit Urgent need to talk to Tinker @ A Tinker 197 Plunder La re purchase
Let all know that the kindest, most thoughtful people are Scadians. Grateful thanks to whoever turned my wallet into lost and found. Lady Svea the Shortsighted.
Love, honor, chivalry, friendship - from this life into the next, I will love you always- my Zachary- forever your angel Erlandr
Midrealm chroniclers! Ice cream social @7PM Friday, food court ice cream tent. Meet the new MK chron. First scoop my treat! See you there! Kat Peregrine, MK Chronicler.
MOM: You are SEW wonderful. I am DYEing to camp with you next year. DINNER and BREAKFAST are always wonderful. You taught me to KNOT my strings and TIE my dress. Thank you isn’t enough - Gwyn
Murdoch (Cowboy) you wore leather, I wore a blue cotehardie PW29 come meet your son Clan Jones N29
My dear Tica, we had a fun and learning 25yrs. Will you be mine for the next 25yrs. Love you always in life and spirit. Joseph Thy Traveler.
My dearest husband Olaf- happy 10th anniversary! Love, your wife, Dalla
Olga: Punch Fernando. No lasting damage, please. L.
“Omnipotient” Probable pronunciation “ahm-nih-poh-shent.” It means “willingness to drink many different alcoholic beverages in one sitting or together without attention to how they compliment the food….” Omnipotient people are not omnipotent. In fact, any potency may be lost!
Runa, seeing your stormy blue eyes again brightened up my Pennsic. Don’t be a stranger. Love ya, Dylyn
Secret Message to Alanna: My love for you is bigger than the biggest fish! -Kins
To all gentles. Be sure to tell “Cowboy” of Wulfden that he looks just like Wolf on American Gladiators. (He even has the same “scruffy” hair.) “Cowboy the Wolf wannabe.”
Valdis, hope War is everything you wanted. Can’t wait to hear the stories!
Wanted to Buy
House Fallenstar (N12) Aquarium setback. Need shark-sized grilling surface. Pan Wilhelm Michalik is suspect.

Æthelmearc Novice Tournament

By Grizzly of Ironstar
Marshal Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Novice rapier fighters are fighters who have been authorized for less than three years and have not won a Kingdom-level tournament. Azriel of Red Spears from the Midrealm, Amalie of Rivenstar also from the Midrealm, and Alaric of Tir Thalor all tied for the final round. The marshals decided to make it a Roman Melee with no deaths from behind. As the match started the two women from the Middle just happened to turn on Alaric and corner him. He lashed out at Amalie just as she struck him for a double kill, leaving Azriel of Rivenstar as today’s tournament winner.

PI Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gates of Rome

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter,
The Pennsic Independent

Official War Points: Midrealm Dragons 37, East Tygers 0
(DonalBane’s unofficial War Points: East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 2 (one draw))

There may be peace at Pennsic, but there was battle on a bright Monday morning as the two Grand Armies met for the first time at the Gates of Rome Battle.
The battle was a one-hour, unlimited resurrection battle fought over five gates of the “Aurelian Wall” that snaked from north to south on the battlefield. Possession of an individual gate was worth one War Point.
The Midrealm lined up with its forces on the east side of the field. The Dragon deployed Ealdormere, Calontir, Ansteorra, its western allies, and the Tuchux to the north; Æthelmearc, the Great Dark Horde, and the Huskarls (Houses Darkmoon, Stahlgeist and Ironwolf) were sent to the center; and Caid, Trimaris, Northern Oaken, the Bog Alliance, and the Darkyard Legion were sent south.
As a gesture of friendship, HRM Lutr sent the Constellation and South Oaken armies –Lutr’s home region—after HRM Konrad asked for men.
The East’s forces were deployed on the west side of the field. The Tyger sent Black Talon, House Serpentius and members of the Northern Army to the north; the Ulsterblichen, Northshield, House Clovenshield, Duchy von Drachenklaue, and the East’s new Midrealm allies were sent to the center; and Ironlance and Atlantia were sent south.
Upwards of 1,500 fighters rushed into battle at the sound of the cannon. All five gates were under heavy assault for the entire battle, leaving all five in dispute.
The north gate was enveloped by a horde of Tuchux and Huskarls, giving the Midrealm the gate. To the south, the Atlantian army held firm, despite several late charges.
The south-central gate was declared a draw by Their Majesties as Darkyard and VDK went at it.
Northshield took the north-central gate. Finally, a conglomerate of East forces and their new Midrealm allies took the central gate.
HRM Konrad praised his Midrealm forces for playing a major role in taking the central gates, noting he was “stunned” his forces took those two gates.
“Go with my thanks because you all fought hard and as warriors,” Konrad told South Oaken and Constellation.
HRM Konrad also said he would like to see some of “the East’s marquee units” fight with the Dragon sometime later this war.
“I think everybody fought really hard, but what I heard most was how much good feeling there was on the field today,” Konrad said. “People were very relaxed.”

Tuesday’s Big Battle: The Woods Battle
The battle that dates back to Pennsic I returns today. This year’s fight will be a two-hour resurrection brawl over five banners, with each banner earning a War Point.
What to watch for: Not much. Non-combatants are still not allowed in the woods, though water-bearing help at resurrection points is appreciated.

Inconceivable

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
For the Pennsic Independent
Monday’s Archer Champions’ Shoot had some of the best archers in the Known World faced by Rodents of Unusual Size, shrieking eels, potions and sorcerers, and a certain Prince Humperdink—not to mention an Iron Man clout shoot and the dreaded Friend or Foe shoot. This year, two practice sessions were held on Saturday and Sunday to help the archer commanders from each kingdom to select their teams. Both the East and the Middle fielded teams of twenty archers, with sixteen additional archers provided to each from their allied kingdoms.
First up was the Roving Range, featuring ten targets based on the movie “The Princess Bride.” At one station, archers were faced with five Rodents of Unusual Size that had to be shot in sequence, from farthest to nearest. One particularly challenging shoot featured a tiny knothole in a tree that had to be hit before taking aim at the albino behind, and another forced archers to think quickly and hit targets that rhymed with the words being announced. Another target featured a picture of a jug of water—but hitting the jug resulted in negative points; only the rope counted for a positive score. Several shoots, including the large herd of shrieking eels, were unknown timed shoots at unknown distances.
After spending the morning in the woods, the archers emerged to find a lovely lunch spread of fruit, ham, cheese, pepperoni, and salty snacks arranged by Camp Kellswood and friends under the direction of official drudge Maude of Oldchurch and Baron Jorg Johansen. The East Kingdom then shot the Friend or Foe while the Middle shot the clout. The Friend or Foe shoot featured two devilishly intertwined creatures. Only the heart area on the enemy counted for points. Hitting the other creature (a much larger dragon) counted for negative points. The clout shoot gave archers an opportunity to fire as many arrows as possible at the clout (a circular castle more than 100 yards away) within one minute, with any arrow within the clout scoring one point, any reaching the target in the middle scoring two, and any inside the castle window on the target scoring three points.
Final scores for the shoots were: Roving Range: 2591 East; 2143 Middle; Friend or Foe: 53 East, 46 Middle; and Clout, 392 East, 269 Middle.
At the end of the shoot, archer general Mark Squirrelsbane of the East thanked all of the marshals who had made the shoot possible. Thanks to an earlier start time and the efficiency of the range setup, the shoot was complete by 1:30 pm—much earlier than is customary. And best of all, when asked whether they had had fun, the answer from the Archer Champions was a resounding “yes!”

Unclassifieds

Contests
Mountain Confederation’s Annual Bagpipper’s competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o’dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12
Contest Results
The Fence for the Cure tourney was held on Sunday. We raised over $500 towards the philanthropic 3-day. To all who volunteered their time, thank you! To all who came out and fenced and donated, thank you! Your time and efforts were truly appreciated.

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-denominational. All are welcome 8 PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, Market Street behind the barn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
16” English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall. Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at Under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years BO
2-Story Pavilion - Frame-and-Canvas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Alotta Drums wow $20 #190 under the only 2 trees!
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Baltic amber starting at .50 ea. stones 10% off till midnight, rounding up. Silver Cauldron #136
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Beaded shoes & headdresses #190
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
‘Bosch’ hurdy-gurdy for sale. This is the last one made by the lutier Charles Supplee before his retirement, and is patterned after the one in the painting Garden of Earthly Delights (15c). Includes heavy wood case, antler tuning key, string cotton, and waist strap. $1900. contact Sir Ogami, Clan Yama Kaminari, E03
Calligraphy nibs & supplies: scissors from stork to 12” Tailor Shears: Bowls 8” to 12” to 12” dia. A Tinker 197 Plunder La.
Canvas hammock with frame $40 - see Katherin at House of Blacksilver, E11.Coin tops & scarves harem pants $20 each, 2 for $35 #190
Etched amber awards are at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market St.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Fabric Dragon is not in the merchants guide but is at Pennsic in space #106 Street of Gold. Big Sale!
Finest Amber in the known world is at Time Travelling Traders Space #77 Market Street.
Flax stricts $14 cabocons #19 Bow St
For sale: 6mm welded stainless shirt about 6lbs $350. Ask for Jirrel at Bakhail-N11
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
French double bell wedge Panther Pavillion $250 OBO Take @ end of War. See Gen Chalkman Pub E17 Hill Rd.
Glass knitting needles- you have to try them to believe them! 19 Bow St.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails $14, beautiful speckled cow hides. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Hafla tent 4 sale best offer. Orluk Oasis
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Harps & Musical instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
High quality Korean horse bows $399 yumi #83
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
Lots and lots pirate boot Good Booty! #190
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
*NEW* Heather Dale and Hector CD’s! Now in stock at Camelot Treasures, Booth #30. Waeshael!
NOT for spinners only- “Spinster’s Rules!” Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New, never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Panther pavillion, 10x10, Regent, $500, Ben@Sinpit, E05
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Panther Pavillion 16 x 16 Regent with green dags. Will need to be rewaterproofed. Available Sat 9 August @ 11am. $1200 OBO N17 Zeebera
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
“Pennsic in a Box” new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Period Pavilions available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
Silk parasols $5 Wood Fans $1 Snoods 2 for $5 #190
Steel boned corsets 99 to 250 bonded fabric WOW #190
Tall boots $85 stripy socks $5 Wool capes 20% #190
TENT FOR SALE: Officer’s Marquee by Tentsmiths. 14’ x 8’ with 5’ walls 8’ peak 3 years old. Sunforger canvas with poles ropes and the tent bags. At GRAYFOX encampment next to DARKMOON. N18 $875 O.B.O. Cash/Paypal only
Twin size rope bed frame $75 See Bjorn Block W18 Lake Shore beside flushie trailer
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly available on site space 26.
Want to buy a bridge? 8 ft to 10 ft span bridge for sale. $200 or best offer. Transportable! Packable! On display at W07. Ask for Emmiken.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
A NEW VIKING HOME COMPANION CD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PILLAGED VILLAGE Midgard Mayhem by T8 Rvaldr Torgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday in front of the Village.
Ask angry Drew - he knows all! VOF voted best Pennsic Oracle! Leave your questions- answers posted daily - on the road to good intentions
ATTENTION BARONY OF STORVIK!! Baronial Court will be at 4:00 Tuesday in the Clan Cambion Encampment in E-15. It is the intention ofTheir Majesties to be in attendance. BYOC [Bring your own charr] is suggested. Very light refreshments.
Bardic Circle - Dark 30 at B08 - Dragonship Haven off Battlefield-Agincourt and tours. Songs-stories-whatever-period or not. Goal is fun for all! Tonight.
BARON GUGLIEIMO BARDICCI gratefully extends his artisan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD body art to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (Booth 24). BONA NOTTE!
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Beads, bead looms, trims and linen fabrics Silverdragon Company Bow Street Space #11
Bored Scadian at Garments by the Goat. #097 red hair and hutzpah. Drop by.
BPAL meet & sniff! Come and share the magic. Tues @4:00. Camp Dancing Fox on E01 Dragons Trace
Brendoken’s Baroness luncheon starts at 12:30 in N09, Fletcher RD near the highway. Look for black and green field with a gold star.
Citizens of Brendoken and friends. Come to our Revel at N09, Fletcher RD near the Highway, at 6 PM on. There will be Court.
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
“Crapuliferous” Probable pronunciation “crap-you-lih-fer-us.” It means “drinks designed to quickly cause drunkenness….” A.k.a. “cheap date.”
Do something with your kid besides sweat! Make colorful medallion cords! Kits at Claus the Toymakers.
Don’t miss the Known World Canine meeting Tuesday Aug 5th from noon to 2pm in Æthelmearc Royal. All are welcome!
Drachenwald court & pcs gathering HRM Fiona invites all gentles that live or once lived in the greatest kingdom of them all Drachenwald to attend court starting at 7pm with pcs gathering to follow held at N13 west end
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Estrogen & Axes is Tuesday-not Thursday! 9 am Register. 10 am ladies’ axe throw at thrown weapons. Loaner axes and lessons available. No men allowed!
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Free garb and stuff! Please visit E30, the tent with the orange curtains. Help yourself to anything on the mats in the front yard each day ‘til Thurs.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Handkerchief linen! Silk, patterns, pewter badges and more! Silverdragon Company Space #11 Bow Street
Happy 1st birthday Nico. we love you, Peanut.
Harry Potter fans - wizard rock & HP filk Tuesday 9:30-11PM Camelot Treasures booth 30. Join us!
...he shoots, he scores-but loses the gold to Al the Octopus. Next up: rhythmic tentacle gymnastics. The bagpipes sound and the tentacles begin to wave...
In memorium, Solomon Ben Jacob, Come and share memories of Soll. Members of the Caravan will hold a speed bump party tonight at 9pm in front of merchant booths #56 and 57 behind the barn. Bring something to toast and a seat.
Is your child bored? Make a medallion cord! Colors galore! At Claus the Toymaker’s Store!
Join in the fun! Pin the tail on the slyme! Any sort of tail will do. Ponts for originality and surprise. No actual nailing of the slyme permitted!
Kendrick will be doing a bookblnding demo on Tuesday 3:00-6:00 at the Haunted Bookshop #63 in the Booksellers Row.
Laurel vigil for Joanna of Northumberland Tues 7 PM Ealdormere Royal W17
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
Snaebjorn! Alas, I fell into the bog last night. So many strange sights! fear not, I still am fighting my way through pennsic to find the silver apple and you. Then bera the blessed will save me!
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
Storytelling Academy student performances A&S 6 Friday August 8 9-10 AM. Open to all. Open mic to follow.
Storytelling by Gabrielle d’Auvergne Family friendly 7-9PM Minerva’s Spindle space 158 Friday August 8.
The Baron and Baroness of Bhakail invite all Bhakailis and friends to join them for their court (and refreshments) on Weds. at 5pm., N11
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
To the person who photographed a female campmate in the shower, House 3 Skulls hopes public safety finds you first.
To the woman (Natalie’s camp auntie) who bought butterflies at The Bead Lady #146 Battle Rd. on Sun, Aug 3rd between 1 and 2 pm. Please return so I may correct a credit card error.
Virgil for Pelican: THL Lancelot von Windhaven will be sitting in vigil on Tuesday afternoon from 12 till 4pm in the Northshield Pavillion in N19. He will be elevated into the Order of the Pelican during Northsheild Court on Wednesday at 4pm (or whenever the battle ends) at the same location.
Who’s in charge of the war? Who do kings answer to?
Wurm- love you more than whiskey itself- Tristan
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)

Lost & Found
Apothecary class - Please return my Beast & Boar mug Nina, N24 or to lost and found. I leave Thursday morning - I will also be at Children’s Fete Thanks!
Lost 2 rings in woman’s shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I’m camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Su.e

Memorials
In memoriam, Solomon Ben Jacob, Come and share memories of Soll. Members of the Caravan will hold a speed bump party tonight at 9pm in front of merchant booths #56 and 57 behind the barn. Bring something to toast and a seat.

Parties
Red Hat Society Tea at the House Delondres. Wednesday 7PM-10PM. Ladies - stop by and see us as you shop.

Personals
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
All hail Thadius of ParksBlade, Iron Chef of Gold Street whose generosity and kindness continues to amaze us. You rock! - Your friends on the Street of Gold.
Farasha & Suad #60 rave “now to the sky” by Tribe O.
Gas $ for ride. Pit airport. Sat. Anytime before 4pm. No armor. Just 2 bags. Craig at Booth 175. Call (781) 864-0359.
I, Lord Andreas de Caunteton celebrate the day Mistress Rosalind Jehanne said YES at Pennsic XXXIV and now our first as husband & wife. :)
I once had a campmate named Aiben, Whom all of Pennsic was cravin’. They portioned him out, And shared him about. Except for the bits they were savin’
In seach of: Eleanor of Waldren, Emeric Wendell, Geoffrey Matthias, Morgan Elandris. I have something for you. Eowyn, Tagmata, W05.
Mistress Adrielle! We miss you! Signed, Bail Money Bear & Co.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Thank you to the kind gentle who found and returned my pouch on Sat. night Thank you Thank you.
The Aerie of Tir Thalor salutes Argenta, Giles, and the little one. When ya comin’ back?! We checked and the Bee Folks are fine. Next year, be here to ask them yourselves! Miss you!
The most popular man at the war is Aiben, and I’ll tell you why for no plea or comman halts his helium hand and he labors half-naked, what’s more
Tir Thalor - If someone visits Mystic Mail, let us know what’s up, who’s there, and stuff; we won’t tell you did! - Giles, Argenta, and the Kid.
Valdis, Hope War is everything you wanted. Can’t wait to hear the stories!

Wanted to Buy
House Fallenstar (N12) Aquarium progressing well. Stilts needed to feed shark. See Alzbeta Michalik for fitting. (I know I’m reaching.)

Water Battle

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By Grizzly of Ironstar
Marshall Reporter, the Pennsic Independent
Over 300 Pennsic youth stormed the Fort Monday afternoon.
Armed with water guns and water balloons the children of Pennsic rushed the Fort and the handful of adults that protected it. Armed with super soakers, hoses, and buckets of water, it looked as though the adults might actually hold the Fort. In the end, the overwhelming number of children was too much and they were able to storm the Fort, take prisoners and demand the treasure.
The Water Battle is an annual event that has been going on for about 11 years and is sponsored by Shadow Clans.
“It’s a blast! I love doing it each year,” said Taranach, one of the defenders who were taken prisoner in the fort. No ransom was asked or offered for Taranach, and he was released unharmed in the end.
The battle usually stems from some sort of betrayal by the adults towards the children. Swapping brussel sprouts for treasure and kidnapping Santa Claus were by far some of the worst offences and the ones that received the most violent response from the children.
The organizers of the event are very careful to hand pick adults as defenders and marshals who are very even-tempered and careful with the children. All children of Pennsic were welcome to join in the fun. Children over 40 could watch safely from the hay bales. At the end of the battle the adults gave up and relinquished their treasure: foam swords and bags of candy.

PI Wednesday August 6, 2008

A Few Moments With His Majesty of the East

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-in-Chief, Pennsic Independent

It’s the question everyone has been asking. Why peace?
I spent nearly an hour talking with HRM Konrad of the East about his decision to concede all 37 war points to the Middle Kingdom. His Majesty was very open and candid about his reasons. “It was not a quick decision,” said HRM Konrad. He and HRM Lutr had spent many months preparing for Pennsic and working to gain allies, a process His Majesty describes as “very political,” since allied kingdoms’ alliances at other wars are often involved. About six weeks ahead of Pennsic, after Meridies and the Tuchux declared for the Middle, he realized the East could be outnumbered by as many as 250 fighters—an unwinnable situation. He and HRM Lutr discussed the possibility of evening up the sides, but nothing was resolved as the actual numbers were not known. HRM Konrad’s greatest fear was the impact on fun and sportsmanship. “I remember kings of the East doing terrible things—not letting their allies go” in the past when the advantage was on their side. He added that he had never agreed with that approach. “There’s no joy in winning against an opponent with no chance. And it has an impact on young fighters, and becomes a vicious cycle—for both sides. I want people to feel it was worth it after driving that far—rather than either getting run over or not even getting a chance to fight
His Majesty offered a few personal reasons as well. “To me, Pennsic is about challenging ourselves. It does not make sense to play a game of chess without the same number of pieces. I have waited 16 years to be king. With the numbers as they were, I might have won a couple of points here or there, but it would not have been a true test of skill.”
Why such a bold move? “I wanted to make a point—to fix the process. I hope the drasticness of it makes people think.” His Majesty stated that the reactions have covered a whole spectrum, from incredibly appreciative and “I can’t thank you enough” to “I’ve never been more disappointed in a king and a knight.” He added that he felt bad about how it might go over with HRM Lutr. “We had a great time with TRM of the Middle at events we attended together and offered our full support when their reign was invalidated. They were wonderful to work with.” But His Majesty is willing to accept the judgement of history for standing on his principles. “Ten years from now, people may read ‘37-0’ in the records and assume that’s the year the Middle slaughtered the East. But it was important to me that it be seen as more than just lip service.”
How have things gone since Sunday? “Today (Monday), HRM Lutr gave me 50 fighters. They fought hard, and I was honored to have them. We had a great time, and people cared even without the points at stake.” He added he hopes this can continue. “I respect HRM Lutr’s negotiations, but I’d like to make sure we keep at a competitive level. I’d like to send some of our marquee households to fight with the Middle as well. Duke Lucan has offered his household if this can be arranged.” He hopes this might improve relations between the two kingdoms, bringing them closer “I know some in the Middle feel that some of our Royal Peers are Satan—I’d like them to get a chance to fight together on the same side.” He mentioned that the King of the West had told him this is more common there, where it’s considered an honor to be asked by the King to cross the field to even out sides.
His Majesty also hopes his actions will have a longer-term effect. “Maybe in the future we can take the ultimate win/lose less seriously.” He described the process of Pennsic negotiation as it exists today as long and exhausting (sounding to me more like corporate lawyers negotiating a contract, complete with board rooms in hotels and conference calls, rather than any approximation of medieval society.) “There is a great deal of pressure on kings to win. The fun is lost.” He added that perhaps future kings might consider scenarios such as one king picking two teams, with the other king given first choice of the two.
He also understands why people may be upset, and hopes that as the week progresses, everything will work out as they realize that there are still many opportunities for honor, camaraderie, and fun. Although these have been a challenging few days, he is continuing in that spirit, stating “I think my sense of humor is abundantly intact.”

Note to readers: The interview with HRM Konrad was recorded in its entirety and is available at www.pennsicindependent.com under podcasts. Look for #4.

A&S: From the Sublimely Beautiful to the Immensely Practical

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By Mary of Montevale
Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Beneath the high wooden beams of the Barn, to the rising crescendo of multiple conversations, a crowd of visitors moved with snail-like speed past four long rows of tables. This was the eleventh anniversary of the Arts and Sciences Display at Pennsic.
Garb, embroidery, calligraphy and illuminations, furniture, maps drawn in ancient styles, tablet-woven trim, metal castings, French hoods, furniture, even axes and knives…it was an overwhelming demonstration of talent, time, and love.
Many of the artisans waited beside their displays, graciously responding time and again to the same comments or questions. “How long did it take you to make this?” “That’s beautiful work, milady (or milord).” Perhaps the most effective, a simple and spontaneous, “Oh…my…God!”
“We have so many wonderful artisans, and they can’t all come to Pennsic.”
The West Kingdom’s Arts Minister, Duchess Eliana Fraser advertised in the kingdom monthly newsletter and at events for items to bring with her for a second year in a row. Duchess Kaaren Harkendottir contributed four embroidered items including a pair of West Kingdom cloaks, a gown which was gifted to Duchess Eliana, and a Princess Pouch. This is a tradition in the West, Her Excellency explained to me. All queens and princesses stepping down from their reigns receive a rose pouch. The dark blue pouch with a shades-of-white appliquéd and couch-worked rose was a gift to The Mad Duchess Cyneswith at the conclusion of her most recent reign as Princess of the Mists.
“Oh, and I’m also the Khan of the Great Dark Horde.”
This was just an afterthought from the only resident of the Outlands to bring an A&S project to the day’s display. Actually, he had two projects, both examples of hand weaving, and he had set them out side by side to show how much his work had improved from his third piece of work (a set of variegated-blue hand towels) to his eighth, a top band for a ger, which will adorn the guard ger of the Great Dark Horde at Pennsic 38.
“It fits in our dining room next to the china cabinet. I told [my husband] if we didn’t have a place to put it the other 11 months, we weren’t even going to start it.”
Baroness Ardis Bluemantle and Langdon Greymorne of Æthelmearc displayed a hand washing station that looked to be nearly 7 feet tall. Langdon built the orange-colored painted piece after being inspired by an extant 15th c. German alpine carved wood cabinet. The Baroness painted the trim, acanthus leaves from the Mary of Burgundy Hours, c. 1500. You may be seeing it again next year; they intend to plumb the cabinet so that it will have gravity-powered running water.
“It’s uncomfortable sitting on the beading.”
That’s only one of the reasons Anna Bella Di Cherubino of the East placed real pearls all over the bodice and sleeves, but only on the front panel and around the hem of the Elizabethan gown she will be wearing tonight at the Pennsic Masked Ball. The other reason is that the stunning gown weighs about 70 pounds. Creation of the gown began with inspiration from the fabric itself, a welted brocade. Contributing to the overall weight besides the pearls were sequins, gold trim, glass beads, and gold lace. “The gold lace,” the seamstress told me, “weighs a couple of pounds just by itself.” A couple of hidden secrets help to keep such a gown from being an overwhelming burden for the woman wearing it: a real “wheel” of cane in the hoop skirt beneath it supports the weight of the skirt; and an arrangement of cords runs through the hoop and the skirt into the garment’s bodice for lacing. The gown is not making its debut at the masked ball tonight; it has previously been worn at Birka, a well-known Eastern event.
Pewter melts at 480º Fahrenheit
THL Etienne le Couteau des Roches of the Middle is the metal caster who created the tokens that teachers in the Pennsic University received when they signed in at A&S point. Etienne, who had been casting hot metal for about eight years, uses soapstone for carving molds and Bondo (an auto body filler) for making mold a from extant objects such as coins. On display this day were some Society officer tokens, Middle Kingdom award tokens, replica coins cast for a gaming-themed event, and a period Lord Mayor’s chain which had been used by Etienne’s local group. Making…ahem, “copies” of authentic coins can be documented as far back as Roman Britain. Soldiers would take a coin from their pay, mold clay around it, fire the clay, and then had a usable mold into which molten local, cheaper copper could be poured. If you are interested in doing pewter casting, Etienne said, the materials are available from merchants at Pennsic.
“I just can’t sit with empty hands.”
Trimaris was the other kingdom with only one artisan at the exhibition. Mistress Ekaterina Zvyozdosamtseva (called “Koshka”) was “her own walking canvas,” as one lady who stopped to admire her embroidery remarked. The embroidery style on Koshka’s head cloth, her gown, a 13th-14th c. Tiraz towel laid on the display table, and a work-in-progress still in her hands as she talked, is a double running stitch, which is a precursor to blackwork. The head cloth, the smallest piece of the lot, took eight months to complete. The motifs, stitched primarily in blue, and less often in the other two primary colors as well, have been used in Egyptian textiles since at least the Coptic weavings of the 4th-5th centuries. The back of each piece is as fine as the front. Two women listened, fascinated, as Koshka described the special frame her lord made so she could work in their van during long road trips. When in use, the frame rests against the dashboard of the vehicle.
“I pray to Odin every time I dye with madder because he is the Jokester. I figure it can’t hurt.”
In the plethora of marvelous projects on display, this reporter’s eye was drawn almost immediately to a rainbow “mosaic” of hand-dyed hanks of wool. THL Odette de Saint Remy of Ealdormere, wearing a gown of handspun wool, stood on the other side of the table on which lay her project: an “Anglo-Scandanavian Dye Study,” whose purpose was to show the possible colors available to people in Northern Europe in the 9th-11th centuries. All the plants she used have been documented to the British Isles or Scandanavia, and sixteen of them were raised in Odette’s garden. Nine plants were harvested wild, some to add to the variety, others to supplement a type she had raised. Madder is apparently difficult to work with, maybe even notoriously difficult, if I judge from comments made by others viewing Odette’s work. She explained to me that the color you achieve can depend on the pH balance and the plant’s condition, although the color will usually range from coral to red to fuchsia pink.
For this project, she used no edible plants except sorrel whose roots yield brown to rust colors, leaves result in pale green shades, and seeds give warm orangey to copper colors. The sample wool hanks dyed with Queen Anne’s Lace ranged from chartreuse to darker woodsy greens. Odette said a friend got a bright yellow shade from the same kind of plant, and the difference may have been due to the water used during the dying process. She also raised woad and dyed with it for this project. The resulting color was no surprise at all.
“Next I may take some from here and some from there to create a new design.”
The reproduction of a portion of the Bayeux Tapestry done in naturally dyed lambs’ wool on linen by Iofa merch Macsen of Meridies is still a work-in-progress. Having seen the original in situ in its museum in Bayeux, France a couple of times, even I could tell that Iofa has reproduced the exact style of stitches in the exact colors. The panel on display was from a section of the Tapestry right before the Norman horses begin their charge. In addition to her work on display today, Iofa has researched documented evidence of early dates for embroidery in the British Isles and is working on writing up the results of her research. Will she be reproducing any other panels of the Bayeux Tapestry? She is not yet certain; the section displayed today will become a pillow when it is finished.
This year’s adult A&S display mixed the breathtakingly beautiful with flashes of down-to-earth practicality, and more often than not, within a single piece of work.

Midrealm Edges to Victory in the Wood

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

DonalBane’s Unofficial War Points: East Tygers 7, Midrealm Dragons 5 (one tie)

The Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm met again Tuesday in a Pennsic original: the Woods Battle. This year, the East came in from the north side of the woods, while the Midrealm’s forces entered from the south.
At the sound of the cannon more than 1,000 gentles entered the woods. According to reports from the front, the Midrealm’s forces surged forward all the way to the East’s resurrection point at one time, but the East rallied to put heavy pressure on the Midrealm lines.
In the end, the East was able to hold the banner closest to its resurrection point and took the “Christmas tree” banner in the center after a heavy brawl. Meanwhile, the Midrealm held the banner near its resurrection point and its banner to the northwest. It was the East’s banner in the southeast that proved the decisive fight, as the Midrealm held the banner despite a tornado of charges from the East.
Sir Theodric, General of the Midrealm Army, marched out of the woods with the final banner and presented it to HRM Lutr, who then addressed his troops before the heavens opened with rain.
“I am happy to report, with our entire army present and with our allies in the field, we were able to score a 3-2 win,” he said.

Pas of Gilded Bee
The Champions of the Gilded Bee took to the field Tuesday to entertain an assembled group of ladies in a traditional deed of arms.
Under the eyes of Duke Edmund of Hertford and Master Gallaran de Crecy, the Vennens — Dame Lianna, Master Michael of Bracken and Lord Edrick — challenged the Tennens — Baron Connel O’Hairt, Baron Edward Brackenbury, Baron Robert Downey and Johan de Fuse — to single and melee combat.
All the ladies in attendance were pleased by the combat.
Wednesday’s Big Battles: Town Battle and Mountain Pass Battle
That’s right folks: two War Point battles in one day.
The Town Battle will be a 90-minute resurrection affair fought over five flags. Possession of the flags will be checked every 15 minutes. Majority control of each banner will earn one War point.
What to watch for: shifting units and movement. This one has tactical battle written all over it.
After the town battle, the two armies will reform for the mountain pass battle. This 60-minute resurrection fight will be fought over three banners and possession of each at the end of the battle earns one War point. This is the battle where combat archers and siege engineers most often come out to play.
What to watch for: Incoming!! Arrows, ballista bolts, and trebuchet rocks do not care if their target is armored or not, so be aware. Also, be aware that the marshals ask that no one watch any battles from inside the Fort when siege engines are involved.
One additional scheduling note: The annual Tuchux Charity Tournament is set to return to Pennsic Thursday at 2 p.m. on the east side of the main battlefield. This is a random weapons tournament. All participants are asked to bring a $5 entry fee to the tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Additional donations are welcomed.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Mountain Confederation’s Annual Bagpipper’s competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o’dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12

Contest Results
Known World petanque tournament result: Chalkman/Lusty Wenches 15 Rieur Sanglier 13 Great one Mym & Henessy! Thanks for showing up every ones! See you all next year! The Rieur Sanglier

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-demimational . All are welcome 8PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, Market Street behind the batrn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
16” English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall.Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at Under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years BO
2-Story Pavillion - Frame-and-Canvas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
Aero recurve bow sale midnight madness special bow and set of arrows $69.00 back quivers 10% off all bows sold on Wed get a free bow sock Greybarr Traditional Archery space 89
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Alotta Drums wow $20 #190 under the only 2 trees!
Arastorm’s excellent booklets- cookies, magick and more than you ever needed to know about Anglo-Saxons. #19 Bow St.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Baltic amber starting at .50 ea. stones 10% off till midnight, rounding up. Silver Cauldron #136
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Beaded shoes & headdresses #190
Bellydancer’s veils genuine silk 8 1/2 ftx3 1/2 ft $50 colorful! 19 Bow St.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
‘Bosch’ hurdy-gurdy for sale. This is the last one m ade by the lutier Charles Supplee before his retirement, and is patterned after the one in the painting Garden of Earthly Delights (15c). Includes heavy wood case, antler tuning key, string cotton, and waist strap. $1900. contact Sir Ogami, Clan Yama Kaminari, E03
Calligraphy nibs & supplies: scissors from stork to 12” Tailor Shears: Bowls 8” to 12” to 12” dia. A Tinker 197 Plunder La.
Cat got better, vet bills didn’t. Car died Monday so...big sale at Fabric Dragon at space #106!
Coin tops & scarves harem pants $20 each, 2 for $35 #190
Coming Thursday! Lightweight 100% wool gabardine twill- Æthelmearc red and off-white! Also 100% woolen twill forest green and white linen/cotton! I called my Jobber and he’s shipping them right out! (I love my jobber) Dragons Magic #25
DRAGONS MAGIC #25 is the brown Slavic house by the store and bath house. We are purveyors of fine fabrics and notions. Fabric Dragon #106 is the tent by Currie Rd and sells threads $ beads.
Etched amber awards are at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market St.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid much more- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
Finest Amber in the known world is at Time Travelling Traders Space #77 Market Street.
For sale: 6mm welded stainless shirt about 6lbs $350. Ask for Jirrel at Bakhail-N11
ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVIII that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS- - once you’ve tried it, you’ll never use anything less. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its prepartion with this ad from Misstress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
For Sale Motar & Pestle sale -3 sizes - all $5 each. Today only. Guild of Limners. #24.
For sale: rapier longsword and wagon 45” Darkwood blade with 9” handle $250 wagon is green garden cart $40 OBO contact Aelfwine Se Pyttel at camp “The Cove” on block N03
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
For sale: Tipman boss handstitcher leather sewing machine. No electric needed! Retailed @ $1500 plus accessories. No longer being manufactured. $750 as is condition inquire Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
French double bell wedge Panther Pavillion $250 OBO Take @ end of War. See Gen Chalkman Pub E17 Hill Rd.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails, beautiful speckled cow hides. 18x20 Panther new $1300 14ft yurt singing horse design complete with Floor $1400 OBO. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Harps & Musical instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
High quality Korean horse bows $399 yumi #83
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Lots and lots pirate loot. Good Booty! #190
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
New heads! Heads tightened! richspiritdrums.com
*NEW* Heather Dale and Hector CDs! Now in stock at Camelot Treasures, Booth #30. Waeshael!
NOT for spinners only- “Spinster’s Rules!” Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New, never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
Panther pavillion, 10x10, Regent, $500, BEN@SINPIT,E05
Panther Pavillion 16 x 16 Regent with green dags. Will need to be rewaterproofed. Available Sat 9 August @ 11am. $1200 OBO N17 Zeebera
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
Pavilion for sale: 20x15 green & gold. $1200 Sleepy Unicorn, Street of Gold. Containers included
Pavilions for sale: 12 x 18 and 9 x 12, ropes, poles, and stakes included. See Eleanor at The Blue Unicorn space 182
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everythingyou need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
“Pennsic in a Box” new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Period Pavilions™ available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
Silk parasols $5 Wood Fans $1 Snoods 2 for $5 #190
Steel boned corsets 99 to 250 bonded fabric WOW #190
Tall boots $85 stripy socks $5 Wool capes 20% #190
TENT FOR SALE: Officer’s Marquee by Tentsmiths. 14’ x 8’ with 5’ walls 8’ peak 3 years old. Sunforger canvas with poles ropes and the tent bags. At GRAYFOX encampment next to DARKMOON. N18 $875 O.B.O. Cash/Paypal only
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Twin size rope bed frame $75 See Bjorn Block W18 Lake Shore bhiwde fushie trailer
Uniquely You dressmaker forms - the only one that corsets properly. Available on site space 26.
Used yurt top for sale. 16’ plasticised canvas. 3 years old. No leaks! Only $95 p/u Sat Aug 9 inquire Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
Want to buy a bridge? 8 ft to 10 ft span bridge for sale. $200 or best offer. Transportable! Packable! On display at W07. Ask for Emmiken.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
BARON GUGLIEIMO BARDICCI gratefully extends his artisan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD body art to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (Booth 24). BONA NOTTE!
Beads, bead looms, trims and linen fabrics Silverdragon Company Bow Street Space #11
Bored Scadian at Garments by the Goat. #097 red hair and hutzpah. Drop by.
Castle Furnishings does MIDNIGHT MADNESS! Children’s books, young adult fiction & mysteries 50% off. All other books at least 10% off. Knives, candles, castle models, garb, and much more available at Earl Sir Bearengaer’s estate sale.
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
COSTUMES BY LOREN HAS MADDNESS ALL DAY! Free gift with purchase. Gemstones half price! 166 Fleet Street
Dosalena of Guild Mirandola: Thank you for painting my shield so beautifully. -- Gideon
Drachenwald court & pcs gathering HRM Fiona invites all gentles that live or once lived in the greatest kingdom of them all Drachenwald to attend court starting at 7pm with pcs gathering to follow held at N13 west end
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Drumsmith Richard Barony of Fenix 541-778-2540
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
Good Gentles......
How much have you spent on your armor?
How much have you spent on your garb?
How much have you spent on your children?
This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.
Free garb and stuff! Please visit E30, the tent with the orange curtains. Help yourself to anything on the mats in the front yard each day till Thurs.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Handkerchief linen! Silk, patterns, pewter badges and more! Silverdragon Company Space #11 Bow Street
Happy Pennsic to all my friends! Wish I could be there with y’all! Love ya - Cordy Giles
Have you seen the Baroness’ s Silver Ass?
Hear ye, hear ye! Their Most Royal Majesties of Ealdormere, Aaron and Rustique, have seen fit to elevate their loyal subject, Baron James the Mercer, to the Order of the Pelican - for his long and devoted service to the Kingdom. All are welcome to attend Ealdormere’s court, to be held Thursday, August 7at 6:00 PM in the barn to help celebrate this happy occasion. For those of you wishing to offer your personal congratulations, Baron James will sit his vigil Thursday, August 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in Ealdormere’s Royal Encampment, located in W17.
Hoobah FOSCADH for FIGHTING in ALL 37 PENNSIC WARS
LADY FIGHTERS! Join Her Highness Morgen, Princess of Æthelmearc, in forming and inter-kingdom women’s unit for the friendship castle battle. Meet at the Currie Road Tower after the field battle. Get to know your sister warriors and fight by their sides!
NEW VIKING HOME COMPANION CD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PILLAGED VILLAGE Midgard Mayhem by Torraldr Torgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday in front of the village.
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
SALE STARTS AT NOON - see fabric i n daylight! DM #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
Snaebjorn, I have made my way to the dance tent. They are truly magnificent jingle, jangle, jingle! I will get to you yet! I now have directions, a churl I hope knows the way to the camp of the silver apple! I shall appear when you expect me not!
Squirty is disqualified, but that was a mighty tasty bagpipe player. Up next the Kraken roll. And there’s the target, stumbling out of the swamp...
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
Storytelling Academy student performances A&S 6 Friday August 8 9-10AM. Open to all. Open mic to follow.
Storytelling by Gabrielle d’Auvergne Family friendly 7-9PM Minerva’s Spindle space 158 Friday August 8
The Baron and Baroness of Bhakail invite all Bhakailis and friends to join them for their court (and refreshments) on Weds. at 5pm., N11
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
To the person who photographed a female lampmate in the shower, House 3 Skulls hopes public safety finds you first.
To the woman (Natalie’s camp auntie) who bought butterflies at The Bead Lady #146 Battle Rd. on Sun, Aug 3rd between 1 and 2pm. Please return so I may correct a credit card error.
Who’s in charge of the war? Who do kings answer to?
Who do Kings answer to? Their Queens!
Wurm- 3 more days of Pennsic- a lifetime more w you
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)

Help Wanted
Spent too much? Need gas money? Willing to work? 2 ladies need help packing up Fri. eve & Sat morn. Few hours each day. Inquire at Merchant #6, across from Midrealm Royal, by Thurs. noon. CG Creations.
Spent too much? Need gas money? Willing to work? 2 tired ladies need help packing up few hours Fri. night & few hours Sat. morn. Inquire by Th. noon, Merchant #6, across from Midrealm Royal camp.

Lost & Found
Found set of arrows by bath house next to barn see Greybarr Traditional Archery space 89 to recover
Lost 2 rings in woman’s shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I’m camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Sue
Theo! Missed you after the battle Mon. Find me at W03- Outlands really would like to see you again!!
Wanted Park-o-meter lost last year walked away from r/s reward talk to Og.

Memorials
A celebration wake in honor of fallen brothers of The Great Dark Horde will follow court of the Great Khan at 7:00 PM on Thursday - including Yang the Nauseating, Irina, and Sir Starhelm. Horde Hill E10
THE TRIBUTE SHIP WILL SAIL! Thanks to Horde Moritu the tribute ship will burn Friday evening at the corner between W21 and E24. If you wish to paint a shield for the ship see Frederick at Lochac camp (X01) before Friday.

Obituaries
The long ship sails again! As per tradition, the viking longship will burn on teh lake on thursday, Aug. 7th at o-dark thirty location is the same as always, on the Dike Road around the corner from teh flushies. Shields may be painted at the shop of Tancred’s Tanglewood. A donation of $200 is suggested.

Parties
Open party Thursday camp Blue Rose gate fee bring a stone the size of your head or a joke or riddle to please the gate keeper. Chocolate is a good bribe
Red Hat Society Tea at the House Delondres. Wednesday 7PM-10PM. Ladies - stop by and see us as you shop

Personals
A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
Adrielle! Why are you never home? ` The lost bears of your household
Darren- happy 3yr handfasting anniversary! I still love you more than you’ll ever know! Love, Michelle
Farasha & Suad #60 rave “now to the sky” by Tribe O
Gas $ for ride. Pit airport. Sat.Anytime before 4pm. No armor. Just 2 bags. Craig at Booth 175. Cal(l 781) 864-0359
Hugo! Where are you?! - Magdalena in Carillion
Midrealm chroniclers! Ice cream social @7PM Friday, food court ice cream tent. Meet the new MK chron. First scoop my treat! See you there! Kat Peregrine, MK Chronicler.
Need something built? He’s your guy. “I’ll help” is his rally cry. But as ladies will tell you, he’s one well-built fella. With his trusty drill hoisted on high.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Thank you to the kind gentle who found and returned my pouch on Sat. night Thank you Thank you
THE SINPIT WANTS TO SEND OUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO YESENDA, NAZARIUS AND KELFIRE
“Circumordicate” Probable pronunciation “sir-cuh-more-dih-kate.” “To eat around the edges of a food, with fastidious attention.…” Often done with cookies
Ursula, you are mad, bad and dangerous to know. Thank you!!!
Valdis, Hope War is everything you wanted. Can’t wait to hear the stories!
WHERE IS THE TRIBUTE SHIP BEING BUILT? WHEN DOES IT SAIL? Contact Frederick of Holland at Lochac.
Yvonne: my dearest love, thank you for saying YES. Long may we fight side by side. -- Gideon

Wanted to Buy
House Fallenstar (N12) Aquarium food needed. Shark and whale requesting flamingos. Bluff Flamingos?

Pennsic 38 (2009)

Friday August 7 2009

Allies hold off Tyger and Dragon in the Woods

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

After a day off Wednesday, hostilities at Pennsic resumed Thursday as the new War headed to the War’s oldest battle: the Woods battle.
The Known World Alliance, flush from their victory over the Mid-East Alliance on Tuesday looked to press their advantage. The Allies entered the woods from the northeast corner.
The Mid-East Alliance looked to get back in the war as the Tyger and Dragon deployed its forces from the southwest corner.
This year’s battle was a two-hour unlimited resurrection fight fought over seven banners. The side that took the most banners won the event point.
More than 1,000 gentles charged into the woods north of the camp for the last time. Beginning with Pennsic War IXL, the woods battle will be conducted in a new area located behind Mount Eislinn.
According to dispatches from the front, the fighting was fierce in virtually every pocket of the woods. Some reports had the central banner exchanging hands as many as five times.
It was a close battle throughout, but when the final cannon had sounded, the Known World Allies had claimed four banners to three by the Mid-East Alliance, giving the Known World Allies the event point.

Friday’s big battle: Helm’s Deep
The final big fight of Pennsic War XXXVIII will be fought at the Pennsic fort. There will be two 30-minute fights over six banners around the fort. Each army will have a chance to attack and defend, with attacking armies having three resurrections and defenders having one. The side that possesses more banners will win.

OG on those Cordially Cordials

To me there is no better sound than, "OG, you got to try this." It is music to my ears.
The start of another new taste adventure.
OG on those Cordially Cordials
I have many books on the subject, one with over 400 recipes. As with many things in the SCA you can learn the basic “how to” in a short amount of time, but to perfect it may take a lifetime. Vodka + flavoring + sugar water = very basic cordials. Neither fermentation nor yeast is necessary. They can be drunk very young but will improve with a little age. The varieties are endless: lemon, lime, violet, rose for example. Cherry or strawberry cordials are great for beginners. You can have banana, galingale, ginger, clove, coriander, Irish creme, Kahlua, chocolate-covered cherry, Captain Black, Fog cutters, butterscotch, and hundreds more. I have made my own ouzo. I like the store bought brands better. They’re cheaper. Orange ZAP, made with moonshine is another I have tried.
I remember a cordial class we had at Pennsic many years ago. It had 40 people, 25 bottles, and 103-degree temperature. At the end we all had a good rolling sweat going and I, for one, could not find my way home. AHHH, the GOOD TIMES!
I have made a garlic cordial that would take your breath away, but it was great with pizza. A man came up to me with a light green nearly fluorescent liquid. "OG, you have got to try this," he said to me. I took a drink. "Can you guess what it is?" he asked me.
I took a second swig. It was green apple Jolly Rancher candies and Everclear.
A man has created JabaÒero cordial. He made it extra sweet and he served it cold.
It tastes wonderful and goes down smooth and it is in your stomach before you find out that it just may be RADIOACTIVE!

Lords and Ladies Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To the great brewers of the SCA!
Filling our glasses for over 40 years now. Thank you! As long as there is an OG, someone will be willing to drink it. To you and yours…

Drink well
Drink often
Drink with…

OG

Unclassifieds

For Sale
Stainless Steel & Brass Corinthian Helm, Used, Orig. From Major SCA Armorer. Already padded & strapped. $400 or best offer. See Gideon @ Dragonship Haven, B08. Email Andy@strassman.com.
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
Don't make me take it home! Queen size Viking style slat bed, used just once. Hand made, all period joinery and finish. All reasonable offers considered. See Robin @ House Gallowglass, corner of St. Lawrence & Sedalia.
Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ Your Inner Vagabond
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at T'Gr Toggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Blonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764
1 War Guarantee on All Mugs A's Round Pottery #51
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
100% Linen for Rapier armor! Passes the punch test. Check out our colors. Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St.
Archers Custom Made Bowstrings, 20 colors to choose from. Bows, arrows, and more at Cloak & Dagger #15
12x16 Marquee bell end w/ Poles/Ropes/Stakes. $500 or BO Sat am p.u. B01 Casado Buraco.
Cloak & Dagger, agents for Hank Reinhardt's personal weapons collection. Over 200 swords, pole arms, mass weapons. Space 15.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
ARE YOU COMING UNRAVELED?
Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171
For the best selection of Folkwear Patterns at war, visit Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.
Propane Bar Fridge 4 Sale. As is. Best offer. Ask for Alistair at Tygershark E19.
14x14 Pavilion complete excellent $1100 Space 36
Beading needles now in. Lady Guen's Closet #123
Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our Falcon's Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171
For Sale SCA Road Signs - 'Fighter Practice Area', 'Danger Viking Territory' and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
ALL CLOAKS $45-SILK, LINEN, HEMP, COTTON-shop early for best selection-Space 202
Evil Abra's empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open Ôtil 11 pm nightly!
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty Tower's Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing. Space 26
Buy it here, break it here, we replace it A's #51
Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane
2 Pavilions, 14 foot rounds. Need repairs. $200 each. 910-330-5453.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Evil Abra says, 'Check your silver prices!' We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!)
Tents for Sale! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08. Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra says, 'You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!' See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
Final Friday $5 Off Sale A's Round Pottery #51
For Sale - 2 Panther Wall Tents. 10x14. Includes everything - Poles-Stakes-Ropes-Flys. $500 each, both for $900. Pick up Sun. By My Hand Designs Booth 144 Battle Rd.
For Sale: Don't be seen with ugly children...Make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26
15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN
Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
For Sale Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N12 House Fallen Star
Weaving is a verb. Loom is a noun. For the best looms to weave with, visit Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet.
Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171
For Sale - King Size Rope/Slat Bed. Folds flat. Mortise & tenon joints. Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed Mattress. Available Saturday. $175.00 OBO. See Tommy Fetterolf in Camp Bloodguard, N17 or 814-853-6165.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
Just a little money left? it goes a long way at Costumes by Loren! Stop by and see what's on sale. Affordable jewelry and clothes. 166 Fleet Street
Knives sharpened, cleaned, minor repairs, sheaths made or fixed. CLOAK & DAGGER, Space 15.
Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing Pig Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.
For Sale - Twin size slat bed. Head and foot-boards, stretchers, slats and pins. $25.00. Northwoods Camp in B4.
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
Rope Bed for Sale. $200. Avail Sat. See Wilhelm or Cristabell in De Taahe Camp in W02.
Old EK Gate 4 Sale AS IS. Needs repair 609-703-9993
WATER HEATER -- RV STYLE. WORKS GREAT! $100 OR BO. ASK FOR BERUS @ CAMP TESTOSTERONE, N31.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
Own last year's musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!
'Pennsic for Dummies' by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Propane Stove, full size. Perfect working order. $100. House Clovenshield E11.
Tent for Sale. 12' Panther Regent. Buy now, pick up at end of Pennsic. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! It's all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30
Saffron: Grow Your Own Taking reservations for Fall Delivery A's Round Pottery #51 roundpottery@gmail
Visit Hostetler's Bakery at the turn off 422.
Run out of money before you ran out of war? Visit ursulasalcove.com when your next pay check arrives.
Michael Z. Williamson, signing copies of his novels Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, Contact with Chaos at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18x24' $22 Group orders avail. Space 202 Battle Rd
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
Where'd I get that soap? Om Shanti Handcrafts #42.
Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents A's #51
Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26
The Knights Next Door, a non-fiction account of the events, activities, history and fun of the SCA on sale at Pillaged Village and on Amazon.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.Wolfram's Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscellania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!

General
Norsemen! Norsewomen! Come to the Icelandic Althing! Sept. 26, 2009 Orono, ON. Hosted by the Canton of Eoforwic. Fighting, archery, thrown weapons, law cases, classes, living history. For more info contact Gunther & Nicolaa - marginalia@rogers.com
TO PERSONS UNPLUGGING MY WIFE'S MOBILITY CART: COLLECT YOUR CELLPHONE/IPOD AT N05. ASK FOR OG OR WULFGANG.
Broken Target Arrows Wanted A's Round Pottery #51
To The Powers That Be - could we figure out a way to set up an unopened non-perishable drop-off for the end of War to be donated to a shelter?
East Kingdom Exchequers - Molly is having office hours Friday from 3 to 5 in AS3.
BARDS HAVEN IS BACK!! COME AND BE WELCOME HONORED GUESTS AND DEAR FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET.
Wednesday 8\5 2:00 A&S7: You were some of the rudest, most inconsiderate people I have ever met.
FABRIC TIP * Choose twill fabrics when you need more flexibility. DM #25
Play Second Life? Look up Vickie Wunderland for the Pennsic Group.
Handouts for class on 16th Century Tennis now available at Mystic Mail.
Herb Roundtable Fri 3PM at AS6. ALL INVITED.
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
I Genesii's fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this year's), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
For Sale Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) Minerva's Spindle (158) and A&S Point.
LINEN TESTER (thread counters) at Dragons Magic 25
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com
Kim Siddorn would like to send his greetings to all who remember him from the Millennium year. He thinks of his visit fondly.
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!

Help Wanted
LADY IN DISTRESS (injured merchant) needs break-down help Sat aft. & Sunday. Good Pay & Food. Space #26.
Fabric Dragon is hiring help for pack down. #42
HELP WANTED: pack merchant van for 2-3 hrs, starting 3:30 Sat. See Carlein @ Small Churl Books.
Wanted to hire: Camp help for Pennsic 39. Looking for assistance to perform heavy camp chores and run occasional errands on site. Camp skills a plus and/or the ability to follow 3-step instructions. Single camper preferred. You will be expected to stay in our encampment. For application/interview go to E23 Norseland 7PM to 9PM on Friday. Ask for Keara.

Lost & Found
Lost: Platinum wedding band. See Seonag in Streonhalle W20. Leaving Saturday.
Stolen from the Bread Bowl a Bushnell Game Camera. Return or found no questions asked. See The Old Broad.
Lost 1 inch Green Stone in Silver Setting. Great sentimental value. Reward. Magda 18046512906 Caermear
Grey heavy wool half cloak with hood. Last seen at Chalkman. See Freddie at Turtle Island on Battle Rd
Lost: Black Leather Glove with Red Trim. Return to B06 - The Conspiracy Inn. Reward $10.
Lost Green Muffin Cap. Label Sofia. Call Tracy 410-845-8871.
Lost: Helm on Long Way near Quarry. Helm is spindle top, some rust, EK stickers, no inspection sticker. Please return to N25 - Mukayyam al-Samar (last camp before Tuchux) or Lost & Found.
Many thanks to those who offered good words when my helm and gauntlets were stolen from the field. The welded chain camail was stolen. May the thief find that it gives him neither protection nor gain. You cost me the field battles. Master Andrixos.

Memorials
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's memorial ship sailing.

Personals
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE URCHINS OF THE PENNSIC INDEPENDENT. YOU ARE ALL MOST WONDERFUL CHILDREN!
Mistress Juliana von Altenfeld is pleased to announce that she has taken AGMOF Don Edmund the Lame as her apprentice in the art and science of cooking so she may extend her protection, guidance and expertise in feeding the masses.
Pete the Skraeling: Mom & Dragonfly want me to say Hi. Visit Lucia & Sophia @ Spartii N15.
Many Thanks to all of the Marshals and Parents of the youth combat field. Your kindness has made my son's and all of the children's experience at this War magical and a memory that they will carry home and for a lifetime. Lady Aurora of Innesfallen.
Ironing available. Slyme would be happy to stop sewing for a few minutes to use his ironing board for a good cause.
Double Duchy: Is it true the young knight carries cheeseburgers in his pockets?
Erin – We hope these messages reached you in time! :> J&A
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
Moose of House Hedgehog - Thanks for holding the bag!
Lord Aleksandr once Traveller has finally found his tongue - lost when his teacher of many years, MISTRESS MEGAN NI LANE, OL named him her apprentice. A great and unexpected honor.
Many Thanks to all of the Marshals and Parents of the youth combat field. Your kindness has made my son's and all of the children's experience at this War magical and a memory that they will carry home and for a lifetime. Lady Aurora of Innesfallen.
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ÔMud-Cheval'
Moire! Where are you? Your brother is crying. We have no ads! The tent is full of roaches! Nicolaa is trying to kill me! Zombies ate all the brains! Save me! Aitch
To Kat of E10: Please come to E23, House Hedgehog. We need to thank you for your kindness! Ask for Andrew!
Petra - We miss your beautiful face and lovely accent. Please come back soon! We love you! PI
Veronica will return!
SC - Thank you for services rendered! The PI Staff

Wanted to Buy

WANTED
Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292

Monday August 3 2009

East Pulls Out First Day of War

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter -- Pennsic Independent

Monday’s Event Points: East Tygers 3, Midrealm Dragons 2
War Points: East Tygers 1, Midrealm Dragons 0

With the Midrealm winning the rapier champions’ tournament and the East claiming the archery champions’ point, Sunday’s War Point would be determined on the heavy fighting lists.

Unbelted Champions’ Battle
The always-explosive Unbelted Champions’ Battle took the field first, as 45 warriors of the Midrealm faced 45 warriors of the East in a last-man-standing affair.
At the sound of “Lay on!” both sides spread their forces across the field and into each other. However, the Midrealm had more success in reforming its ranks after the initial charge. These blocks of Dragon fighters were able to roll over the field and claim a decisive win for the Midrealm, keeping the sword of honor in the Midrealm’s camp for another year.

Belted Champions Battle
Having seen their unbelted brethren claim victory, the Midrealm looked to claim its first win in the Belted Champions Battle in more than a decade.
Again, both sides charged into each other and, this time, the fight was a battle of attrition.
Both sides looked like they might snatch victory, but a few Tyger knights were able to avoid the main brawl and stay together, taking down the surviving Midrealm warriors. The East once again claimed the point.

Allied Champions Battle
The allies of the East and Midrealm returned to stage one of the most rollicking battles of the war. A force of 89 Eastern allies and 89 Midrealm allies did battle in an hour-long SCA-style game of capture the flag. Resurrections were allowed at two- and three-minute intervals.
The East’s allies dominated the early proceedings, capturing the Midrealm allies’ flag at 4:36 and 13:36. However, the Midrealm allies rallied with two captures at 19:38 and 28:24.
With the scores tied at halftime (the 30-minute mark), the two armies switched sides on the field. The Eastern allies dominated the second half, scoring captures at 35:23, 38:04, 43:49 and 50 minutes. The final score was 6-2, giving the East the event point.

Moonwulf Concert Benefits Duchess Ariel

By Julie of Blackmers
For the Pennsic Independent

A Pennsic favorite took the stage five minutes early Saturday night at the Arts and Sciences stage, before a packed house and a crowd that was already raring to go.
After casually chatting with audience members, Duke Moonwulf (Michael Longcor) grabbed his guitar, leapt to the stage and asked, “Anyone care if we start early?” The crowd’s roar of approval needed no interpretation. The entertainer welcomed his audience into the show by opening with “Dance a Little Dance.”
After the first set, Duke Moonwulf, in his own grand tradition, announced the previously unknown beneficiary of funds raised at this year’s concert: The Memorial Fund for Duchess Arielle of Atlantia, who recently passed away. Money raised will go toward the lingering medical and other expenses her family has incurred. The proverbial hat was passed, and the audience responded with enthusiasm to the exceedingly worthy cause.
For an hour, Duke Moonwulf, his drummer and dancers, continued to enchant an audience of loyal fans who sang right along. At one point he asked, “So I hear you got some rain? … No, you didn’t.” Then, Duke Moonwulf regaled the audience with the classic musical tale of Pennsic IV, which saw nine inches of rain in three days.
Duke Moonwulf sent his enthusiastic audience off with a lullaby sure to endear itself to mothers everywhere, in which the singer promises the child that the demons under the bed would surely “eat him up.” With that, Duke Moonwulf left his audience smiling and cheerful and undeterred by tales of treacherous demons.

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Contests
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Events Open to All
Get Ready for the Atlatl Battles. Make your own Atlatl and darts Workshops, Monday, August 3, 10 a.m. or Tuesday, August 4, 10 a.m. Kits available $40 each. Thunderbird Atlatl Tent, Street of Gold. Call 607-743-4379. Mailing tubes available to send your sets home $6 each.
Third Atlatl Battle - Tuesday, August 4, Battlefield West, 7 p.m. More information contact Thunderbird Atlatl, Street of Gold, or call 607-743-4379.

For Sale
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdechavel, N33. Ask for Harley.
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Asterix and Obelix have come to pennsic. See them at Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet St.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.
"Bad Garb Bingo" 4 card set game new this year. Limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have 'em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Bed for sale. 4 poster slat style, breaks down. Pick up now. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
Cloak & Dagger, agents for Hank Reinhardt's personal weapons collection. Over 200 swords, pole arms, mass weapons. Space 15.
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty Tower's Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26
Don't be a strumpet! cover your pate with a hat from Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.
Don't buy threads in the dark! our specials run all war... Fabric Dragon: Silk, linen, wool thread #42
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open 'til 11:00 pm nightly!
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly!
Evil Abra says, "Check your silver prices!" We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Penssic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra says, "You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!" See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
Evil Abra's empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open 'til 11 pm nightly!
For Sale Don't be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- "Fighter Practice Area", "Danger Viking Territory" and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
HARRY POTTER FANS! Efenwealt & Aenor play Wizard-Rock. Check out the Blibbering Humdingers #30. Camelot Treasures.
Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder , @ your Innervagabond
Knives sharpened, cleaned, minor repairs, sheaths made or fixed. CLOAK & DAGGER, Space 15.
Michael Z. Williamson, signing copies of his novels Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, Contact with Chaos at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilion(tm). Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
Need soap - fighter balm - bug spray - massage oil - natural ingrediants only - #42 Fabric Dragon
New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! It's all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30
Not enough garb? Cotton clothes in Celtic knotwork patterns. Large sizes. Cloaks also . Come in early for best selection. Costumes By Loren 166 Fleet St.
"Pennsic for Dummies" by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital fomat) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18
SHOWER FOR SALE!!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!
SMALL CHURL BOOKS Come see the best new titles plus hundreds of bargain books!
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea(r), Space#26
SS & Brass Corinthian helm, padded & stapped, lightly used. Beautiful worksmanship but needs owner w/ smaller nose than mine. $500 OBO. See Gideon, Dragonship Haven, B08
Tent awning, complete setup kit. DBL. Bell wedge panther. VG condition. 5 yrs. old. All poles shortened. W/ sleeves. Interior pole conversion A-frame. N15. The Black Dragons - Apollonia. + More features $800
The answer is 42! the Question is Where is Fabric Dragon? Yup we moved again to space #42
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Tired of nylon? 12x16 wall tent AVAILABLE NOW. Like new - won't leak $700 OBO inquire #42 Fabric Dragon
Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N1Z House Fallen Star
Up to 50% off Period Pavilions(tm), new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea(r), space #26
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
Visit Hostetler's Bakery at the turn off 422.
WATER HEATER -- RV STYLE. WORKS GREAT! $100 OR BO. ASK FOR BERUS @ CAMP TESTOSTERONE, N31.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Yurt for sale. Camp Infi Nity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent's Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
A reminder to all my archers:
BARDS HAVEN IS BACK !! COME AND BE WELCOME HONORED GUESTS AND DEAR FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET.
BPAL meet 'n' Sniff! Come and share the wondrerful sniffes. All Welcome. Bring your bottles and imps. Monday @ 2:00 at Camp Dancing Fox on Dragon Trace on E01. Refreshments will be served.
CELTIC BARD X!!! FOOD, GOODIES AND GIFTS TUES NITE!
Contestant: Alex, I'll take videos for $200.
Trebek: The answer is: Pattern welding made simple.
Contestant: What's the latest custom knife making video from Hagerson Forge? Space 195.
Contestant: I'll take Merchants for 200. Alex Trebek: The Answer is 195. Contestant: Where did the Amber Lady and Hagerson Forge relocate to?
Contestant: Ok, Alex, I'll take the Rare and Unusual For $400.
Trebek: You picked one of the Daily Double! The Answer is: The 1967 Montreal World Expo.
Contestant: What is the Source of the Amber Lady and Hagerson Forge's USSR Era Amber? Space 195.
DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) Minerva's Spindle (158) and A&S Point.
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
Donna, Veronica hopes you are loving your first War!
For Sale Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Go ask Auntie Arwen if she is drinking enough water! Auntie Arwen's Spices space # 185
Lucet Basics 2 p.m. Monday Aug. 3; Inkle weaving 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4; Lucet Basics 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4; Pine Boa Traders, Space 192. Check here daily for classes.
Need a sump or fire pit dug? Ask for Robert at Polyhymnia in N10 (age 10). Fee negotiable.
ONT: Volley of Arrows 2009 ~ The Yeomen and the Bards - www.vestyorvik.org/event.html

Help Wanted
WANTED kid wrangler for 3 girls -- 6,9, & 11 -- paid gig. If interested contact Jamie or Audrey at Booth 144 By My Hand Designs.

Lost & Found
MISSING: A blue and black dragon with blue wings. If found, please return to White Wolf and the Phoenix at 133 Plunder Lane.

Memorials
A memorial service was held for Baroness Mistress Margaret von dem Schwartzwald (aka Gretchen or Andrea) former Baroness Middle Marches. Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop by Mdrealm Royal Camp to write a note in a memory book to be given to her husband, Syr Thomas ap Llewylen, and daughter, Katey.
The beloved Lord Zachary Wolfhunter passed from this life to the next on July 8th. He was the loving husband Erlan Nordenskald of Norseland. Condolences may be expressed in House DeLondres (X05). Zach was a member of the East Kingdom Shire of the Rusted Woodlands. He was a Thrown Weapons Marshal, deputy chirurgeon, deputy Seneschal and Pursuivant for the Shire. He was apprenticed to Baron Sean DeLondres for brewing. Zack was a loving friend. Raise your glasses at least once this war to Odin to guarantee safe passage into the halls of Valhalla. He will be missed.
The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a momento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground Wo9.

Parties
Friends of Lord Fiachna Mac Clennetig and Lady Asta Vagnsdottir, MKA Tom Tennant and Tammy Johnson, are invited to our private engagement party held at the Chalkman 1 hour after court on Tuesday August 4. Cake is provided but bring your own alcohol.
Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock - Sun: 9PM Camelot Treasures # 30 - Efenwealt & Aenor are the Blibbering Humdingers. Check out our CDs!
Sor Ustad's Haffla Tuesday Dark Thirty Drake Law N31; Lady Rowen Bardic Circle Thursday Drake Law N31.
Wanted: Pipers! Do YOU have what it takes to win the Mtn. Confederation's Annual Piper Competition? Competition is Tues. in E12, 8:30ish pm. Pipers please come a bit early! All fans great and small are welcome, ID needed to drink.

Personals
Erin - Don't close your eyes! :> J&A
Luna: Not at Pennsic this year. Saying hello anyway! ~T
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
SinPit Congratulates Corbin and myriam on their Handfasting.

Wanted to Buy
Looking for Kosher meat to buy -- E23 Hedge Hog.
WANTED
Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292

VIKING! Where? When? Who? WHO, ME?

I am a Northman, one of the "Men of the Uplands". I have family in Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Constantinople and many, MANY other places. My wife, sons, and I have a small farm with some sheep. My wife brews mead. I do blacksmithing. My father sits on council. It is a hard life. We do not have much.

The Irish call us Gaill, “foreigners”. Franks call us Normanni: “northmen”. Germans refer to us as Ashmen. Spanish Arabs call us Majus, “heathens”. Anglo-Saxons call us Danes. The Slavs and Byzantine Greeks call us Rus,’ which later would become the word for “Russian”.

My Webster’s tells me Viking can be a noun or a verb. "Any of the Scandinavian pirates of the 8th to 10th centuries" it says. Another dictionary tells me it is “the act of raiding”, giving us the phrase “To go a-viking.” Another definition says, “a label given to a Scandinavian people of a certain era.” My world history book says the original definition is "creek-men." My atlas finds no Viking land.

We have worked as mercenaries and private guards. When need for money is great, my brothers and I get out the boats and go raiding. WE GO A-VIKING! It is very profitable.

Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To Vikings, Northmen, or whatever you wish to call us. And if I may be so bold, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Drink well
Drink often
Drink with…
OG

Saturday August 1 2009

Ask Doctor Best

Ask Doctor Best

That learned scholar, Doctor Henry Best, is available to answer your personal questions on matters grave or frivolous, through consultation of portents in the heavens. Please remember that, although he is educated in astrology and a myriad other areas of natural philosophy, holding a PhD from the University of Atlantia, Doctor Best is not a licensed psychotherapist.
Dear Doctor Best,
This year, I want to conceive at Pennsic. What's the best day and time for that?
Signed,
June Bride

Dear June,
What a completely delightful question! I'm happy to help you with such a community-minded endeavor. Let me begin by reassuring you: I don't see any actual unfavorable days in the coming week, per se. In general, conceive away whenever you wish. You'll be joining in a fine tradition. A great many second generation SCAdians are born under the sign of Taurus.
There are some who say that you should conceive between days 10 and 14 of the lunar month, but I consider that to be something of an old wives' tale, not grounded in proper Astrological Scientific Theory. No, in your specific case, the most important factor is the transit of Venus from Gemini to Cancer, which occurs tonight. As a June bride, this transit affects you deeply. If you married June 22nd or later, your marriage is in Cancer, and you will enter a highly propitious time tomorrow, which will last you well into September. If, however, you married the 21st or earlier, your marriage is in Gemini and you haven't a moment to lose! Cancel all appointments for today, consume a good deal of garlic and perhaps some red wine to place your humours in proper alignment, and waste no further time.
If you require any additional assistance in this matter, my dear June, please feel free to consult with me this evening at my office.

Cordially,
Doctor Best

Attention: Gemini/Cancer couples: Venus is in transit tonight, from Gemini to Cancer. This exchange will occur at 8:47 PM and I strongly advise any romantically involved Gemini/Cancer pairings to seek discreet shelter in their tents.
Do you have a question? Bring it to Dr. Best’s office at Sun Baked Studio on Battle Road. Whenever possible, include birth date, time, and place for all parties involved. Your identity will be held in strictest confidence. “Ask me any question, and I’ll give you any answer!”

Brave New War

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Correspondent -- Pennsic Independent
Each year, the populace and warriors of the Known World descend on Æthelmearc for the Pennsic War
Warriors come looking for glory on this battlefield — although the quest for glory on this year’s battlefield will be different than years past.
The format of Pennsic XXXVIII will be unique. During the first half of War Week, the traditional war of East vs. Midrealm will commence.
However, during the middle of war, alliances will dissolve and Pennsic will see a fight — the East and Midrealm will join forces against the other kingdoms of the Known World.
How did such a huge change at Pennsic come to pass? It began not long after HRM Andreas of the East and HRM EikBrandr of the Midrealm won their respective crown tournaments.
“When we spoke for the first time, [Andreas] has this idea for a new war where the East and the Midrealm would fight together,” HRM EikBrandr said. “I told him… I think it would be better for my kingdom to fight the first half of War the traditional way. I had a bit more of a conservative approach.”
HRM Andreas said he was agreeable to the move because he wanted to foster better relationships between the Tyger and Dragon.
“There have been some hard feelings between the Eastrealm and the Midrealm in past years,” HRM Andreas said. “I want to go back to our roots. It’s not about smashing the enemy’s face in; it’s about having fun.”
Both kings indicated inter-kingdom relations could improve by bringing the two forces together — as happened last year at the Field Battle. HRM Andreas joked that he would not declare peace at opening ceremonies as happened last year, but he felt Duke Konrad’s decision to do so last year was “a noble one.”
HRM Maynard of AEthelmearc also said he was all for the idea, noting he was in communication with the two belligerent kings early in his reign as well.
“I think it’s great,” HRM Maynard said. “It gives us a chance to show we can bring a force from our lands and turn the table on the East and Midrealm. It’s a great opportunity to show what we can do.”
HRM Maynard said communications between him and his newfound allies have been ongoing to prepare for the second half of the war.
One of the chief features of the new War format is the absence of any war point battles on Wednesday. Both kings indicated they wanted their fighters to have a day free of obligation to enjoy the War.
EikBrandr and Andreas each say they hope their forces can grow closer during this war, as the two kings have during their reigns.
“I have personally really enjoyed getting to know Andreas though this process,” HRM EikBrandr said. “With mutual respect and by forming a bond of friendship with each other, it has really created a positive outlook for this War. We wanted to create a Pennsic that was stress-free.”
“He’s very much like me,” HRM Andreas said of EikBrandr. “He cares for his people and cares about the people here.
“If you come back to camp with a smile on your face and talk about how much fun it was to fight, you’re going to come back to Pennsic,” HRM Andreas added. “It’s good for all of us; more of our people will come back.”
How will the new format of War play out? Check out the Sunday edition of the Pennsic Independent.

Og on Alcohol

Og on Alcohol
By OG
Pennsic Independent
You know what I hate? Not much, really. I am a pretty… well maybe not really pretty… happy guy. Pennsic is fantastic and SCA people are the best in the world, as I have said many times. However, flat beer and tear-down Saturday are on my list of the things I hate. Ever seen someone in great garb? Shoes right, A&S competition-quality tunic, perfect period leather, and all the trimmings. You go up to compliment them and there is a Bluetooth glowing on their ear. I think that they’re a BORG! They have been assimilated by the mundane world.
That world is my big problem this year. Don't you hate it when the mundane world gets in the way of what is really important? SCA events, Pennsic, good friends. We all have work troubles, money troubles, car troubles, got to paint the house, responsibilities, health issues, health of loved ones, etcetera. When those times come we cope but when those times come all at once, all of them ganging up on you, you feel that the fates have conspired. God has hit that big “smite” button.
We make a choice. We hate to like staying home in August. It is sad that at times like this we need Pennsic the most. We need a break from the mundane insanity. Unfortunately, it is often not meant to be. Sadly, we are adults and sometimes we must choose work over play. As for me, right now Pennsic is a ? My mother’s health has taken a turn and I may be staying home playing the good son. Many a year I was not. I must make amends. The yurt has been set up in the backyard. Had the grandkids over for a sleepover. They think it is cool. It is!! I may come to Pennsic for a long weekend. We will see what the gods say.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To the Gods! Whichever ones you choose to pray to, may they in their divine wisdom and mercy bring us all together again next year. Till then…
Drink well
Drink Often
Drink with…
OG

Saturday August 8 2009

Mid-East Champions Roll; Honor even in Helm’s Deep

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter – Pennsic Independent

Friday’s Event Points: Mid-East Alliance 2.5, Known World Alliance 0.5
War Points: Known World Alliance 2, Mid-East Alliance 1

The final day of battle at Pennsic War XXXVIII saw history take place at the Midrealm and East Kingdom joined forces in two champions’ battles before the final large melee in the fort.

Combined Unbelted Battle
After decades of fierce combat against each other, the unbelted champions of the East and Midrealm joined forces Friday against a force of champions from the Allied Kingdoms. The Midrealm and East each fielded 60 unbelted warriors to do battle with 120 allies.
The fight was as hard as it was decisive. Forces from the East charged the Allies left flank and blew it open, while the Midrealm’s forces chewed through their opposition. The training of the East and Midrealm paid off, as they were able to reform more quickly and sweep the field in short order.

Combined Belted Battle
HRM Andreas of the East told the unbelted champions he hoped he could duplicate their success during the belted champions battle
HRM Andreas and HRM EikBrandr of the Midrealm joined a force of 40 Chivalry champions on the field to face 42 belted champions from the Allied Kingdoms.
Again, the cohesion of the Midrealm and East’s forces proved decisive in this fight. Whole forces of Tyger and Dragon champions rolled over the field, sweeping their foes before them. In the end, the Mid-East forces eliminated Duke Lars of Northshield, Duke Valharic of Atlantia and Sir Richard Wulfwood of Calontir to complete the rout.

Helm’s Deep Battle
The final big fight of war took place in and around the Pennsic fort. This battle was fought over six banners around the fort, with the defenders having one resurrection and the attackers having three resurrections.
Each battle was scheduled for 30 minutes, with possession of the banners checked at 10 minutes, 20 minutes and the end of the battle. The side with more banners after both fights would win.
The Known World Allies defended the fort first. Northshield and its mercenary allies guard the east gate, while Ealdormere held the center of the fort. Forces from Atlantia, Æthelmearc and Calontir stationed themselves outside the fort to the east.
At the sound of the cannon, the Mid-East’s strategy was clear. The Tyger and Dragon sent token forces to occupy the east gate of the fort while focusing the bulk of its efforts on sweeping the banners outside and taking the north gate.
The move proved effective as forces from the Northern army turned the flank of the Allies and started a general retreat among Allied forces back towards the fort.
From there, House Darkmoon occupied the west gate, while the Unsterblichen and Oaken armies led a grinding assault on the north gate.
The allies threw almost everything they had at the north gate to stop the push, but the tide of Mid-East warriors proved impossible to stem. Soon, HRM Andreas was leading the Mid-East’s forces through the north gate, while House Darkmoon punched through the west gate not long after.
From there, the rout was on as Mid-East forces relentlessly pushed east. Around the 17-minute mark, the cannon sounded to end the battle. The banner count was 15-3 in favor of the Mid-East after one battle.
The Mid-East commanders made a strategic decision before the second fight took place. Since they needed only to hold the three banners inside the fort for 20 minutes to win the battle, they decided not to deploy any forces outside the fort.
Thus, the Southern army was sent to hold the east gate and the whole of the Midrealm army deployed to the west. The Unsterblichen and Northern army, backed up by the Huskarls, forced a kill-pocket defense in front of the north gate.
Early on, it looked as if the strategy would work as wave after wave of Atlantians fell in the kill-pocket. However, the Allies’ numerical advantage slowly began to show, as they pushed the pocket back.
When the forces were pushed back to the north gate, the Tuchux used the opening to run around the back of the fort and joined a push by Ealdormere on the east gate.
After a final hold, the breaches on the east and north gates turned into a rout. At battle’s end, it seemed the whole of the Allies’ army had surrounded a small force of Midrealm warriors at the West’s banner.
The cannon sounded to end the battle. It took the Allies longer to sweep the fort than the Mid-East forces, but they still accomplished it in less than 20 minutes. That meant the banner count was 15-3 for the Allies in the second battle, which tied the battle and split the event point.
HRM EikBrandr said he was pleased with this Pennsic war, regardless of the outcome.
“We’re absolutely, 100 percent thrilled,” EikBrandr said. “With the camaraderie and new friendships we have made this War, we have seen the fruition of all that we had hoped.”
Saturday’s big battle: The flight of dragons through the gate!
As always, HUZZAH, VIVAT, HOOBAH and WASSAIL to the warriors and warrior watchers of the Known World. May we all meet again at Pennsic XXXIX.

Og on Alcohol

The worth of a man in the Middle Ages can be judged in many ways: his skill with a sword, his pedigree, his history, how much land he controlled, how many servants e had. There were rules, and rules were important.
Squires had seven servants: one clerk, two grooms, two lesser servants and two boys. Knights had 23. Barons had nearly 70. Earls had about 200. Dukes had around 250. Kings and queens…1000s! Some stayed with the property and others went with their lord traveling. It depended on who you were and where you were going and for how long. The very rich and important could always hire more. Power has its privileges. We are lucky we are at Pennsic. We no longer have a need for servants and slaves.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To the Beast and Boar with a breakfast that will hold me to dinner. To an OG, that is something. To the coffee houses that handle my caffeine addiction and to the ladies of OGLAND who provide four-star dinners at a discount price, served with a smile. To all the people who give me beer with the line "OG, you’ve got to try this," and to the Goddess who yearly brings me cheesecake TO DIE FOR! I could invent no world better than this. Thank you all… I drink to you.
Drink well,
Drink often,
Drink with…
OG

Pennsic Closes with Smiles and Friendship

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter–Pennsic Independent

A sense of friendship and new beginnings presided over Closing Ceremonies Friday at the barn as 12 sovereigns from the Known World came forward to close Pennsic XXXVIII.
The Kingdom of Aethelmearc arrived first and followed to the dais by the sovereigns, with TRM of the East and Midrealm coming in last.
Each sovereign spoke the populace, mainly of how much fun they had and how many new friends they made during this War. Appeals were also made for the populace to attend Gulf Wars, Estrella War, the Great Western War, and even Rowny Festival in Lochac.
The two belligerent sovereigns spoke last, though it was clear there was no belligerence between them.
“This really has been a good Pennsic,” HRM Andreas of the East said. “Something changed this War. We hope everyone tells stories about this year. We must always remember that we are a family.”
HRM Andreas noted there were 300 more fighters on the field this year, which he felt was due to the trust everyone put in the new War format.
HRM Andreas noted the East “barely, barely squeaked by” to win the traditional War. He closed by telling his fellow sovereigns, “If you’re ever in Jersey, look us up.”
HRM EikBrandr of the Midrealm made it clear he was ecstatic with the War.
“This time of change at War need not be a one-time shot,” HRM EikBrandr said. “This War has created an evolution at Pennsic. There is no one here that we should hate. No one else out there is like us.”
“Who we really are are brothers in arms,” EikBrandr added, and then embraced Andreas, to the cheers of the crowd.
HRM EikBrandr also noted the allies won the new War.
The War Horn was then summoned and Baron Master Rocco Barbarossa of House Darkyard blew a high blast to officially end the War.
The Pennsic countdown then commenced and three gentles were left standing at the end, signifying their attendance at the first Pennsic.
In the last act of Closing Ceremonies, TRM Andreas and EikBrandr switched places on the dais to stand with the other’s queen, before the four belligerent sovereigns – no longer belligerent – walked out arm in arm to the cheers of the populace.

Saturday Web Edition Delayed

The Saturday, August 8 Web Edition and PDF downloads have been unavoidably delayed. Internet access was not available on Saturday, and the staff has only recently regained a reliable connection.

Please watch for both the Web Edition and PDFs to be available by tomorrow evening!

Thank you!

Mistress Heirusalem Crystoma, Publisher, The Pennsic Independent

Unclassifieds

For Sale
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
20 foot used Gyr (Mongolian Yurt) for sale. $4000 OBO. See Northern Lynx E28.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
For Sale Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Just a little money left? It goes a long way at Costumes by Loren! Stop by and see what’s on sale. Affordable jewelry and clothes. 166 Fleet Street
Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing Pig Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.
Where’d I get that soap? Om Shanti Handcrafts #42.
Propane Stove, full size. Perfect working order. $100. House Clovenshield E11.
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at T’Gr Toggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
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Thread Condoms! Booth 171
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18x24” $22 Group orders avail. Space 202 Battle Rd
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Archers Custom Made Bowstrings, 20 colors to choose from. Bows, arrows, and more at Cloak & Dagger #15
Old EK Gate 4 Sale AS IS. Needs repair 609-703-9993
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty Tower’s Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing. Space 26
For Sale: Don’t be seen with ugly children...Make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
Run out of money before you ran out of war? Visit ursulasalcove.com when your next pay check arrives.
Saffron: Grow Your Own Taking reservations for Fall Delivery A’s Round Pottery #51 roundpottery@gmail
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¿, Space#26
2 Pavilions, 14 foot rounds. Need repairs. $200 each. 910-330-5453.
Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com
Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171
Don’t make me take it home! Queen size Viking style slat bed, used just once. Hand made, all period joinery and finish. All reasonable offers considered. See Robin @ House Gallowglass, corner of St. Lawrence & Sedalia.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilion™. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Blonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764
Up to 50% off Period Pavilions¬, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea™, space #26
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
For Sale SCA Road Signs – “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Visit Hostetler’s Bakery at the turn off 422.
Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our Falcon’s Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171
The Knights Next Door, a non-fiction account of the events, activities, history and fun of the SCA on sale at Pillaged Village and on Amazon.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Evil Abra says, ‘“You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!’“ See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you? - Claus the Toymaker.

General
Norsemen! Norsewomen! Come to the Icelandic Althing! Sept. 26, 2009 Orono, ON. Hosted by the Canton of Eoforwic. Fighting, archery, thrown weapons, law cases, classes, living history. For more info contact Gunther & Nicolaa - marginalia@rogers.com
The finest stage is barren without someone to be upon it. Thank you dear guests who honored us with your presence! BARD’S HAVEN CAMP.
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
For Sale Good Gentles...How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Play the Beckerath Organ: Cleveland, OH. $20 half hour. www.clevelandbeckerath.org (see events page).
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com
I Genesii’s fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this year’s), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
To Persons Unplugging my wife’s mobility cart: collect your cellphone/iPod at N05. Ask for Og or Wulfgang.
Wednesday 8\5 2:00 A&S7: You were some of the rudest, most inconsiderate people I have ever met.
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!

Help Wanted
Help Help!
Humpty Dumpty Came to War
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
We seek all you good horses and all you good men (and ladies) to help her break camp again! Please offer at Maison Rive, merchant space #22. Volunteers will be fed!
Fabric Dragon is hiring help for pack down. #42
LADY IN DISTRESS (injured merchant) needs break-down help Sat aft. & Sunday. Good Pay & Food. Space #26.

Lost & Found
Lost: Platinum wedding band. See Seonag in Streonhalle W20. Leaving Saturday.
Grey heavy wool half cloak with hood. Last seen at Chalkman. See Freddie at Turtle Island on Battle Rd
Lost: Helm on Long Way near Quarry. Helm is spindle top, some rust, EK stickers, no inspection sticker. Please return to N25 - Mukayyam al-Samar (last camp before Tuchux) or Lost & Found.
Many thanks to those who offered good words when my helm and gauntlets were stolen from the field. The welded chain camail was stolen. May the thief find that it gives him neither protection nor gain. You cost me the field battles. Master Andrixos.
Lost Green Muffin Cap. Label Sofia. Call Tracy 410-845-8871.
Stolen from the Bread Bowl a Bushnell Game Camera. Return or found no questions asked. See The Old Broad.
Lost 1 inch Green Stone in Silver Setting. Great sentimental value. Reward. Magda 18046512906 Caermear

Memorials
Lord Zachary Wolfhunter passed from this life July 8, 2009. Loving husband of Erland Nordenskald of Norseland. Zach was a member of the East Kingdom Shire of the Rusted Woodlands. He was apprenticed to Baron Sean DeLondres for brewing. He was also Thrown Weapons Marshal, deputy Chirurgeon, deputy Seneschal and Pursuivant for the Shire. He will be missed.

Personals
To the populace, staff, and merchants of Pennsic War 38: Thank you for another year of support for the Pennsic Independent! It is our great pleasure to serve you in this manner. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Remember to visit us at Pennsicindependent.com for followups on this war!
- the Pennsic Independent staff
J&A Rules - O Blackheart - 4 You have made my War :> Erin
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ‘Mud-Cheval’“
CPL David Kidd - We love and miss you! Stay safe! From Camp Ursoqhouse Valodin and the Medieval Biker Babes.
Moire! Where are you? Your brother is crying. We have no ads! The tent is full of roaches! Nicolaa is trying to kill me! Zombies ate all the brains! Save me! Aitch
To House Valodin not at War - we missed you!
Dear Gregory of Lochswan: Lochac’s having a blast. Sucks to be you! Love, Us.
Lord Aleksandr once Traveller has finally found his tongue - lost when his teacher of many years, MISTRESS MEGAN NI LANE, OL named him her apprentice. A great and unexpected honor.
Dear Peter, Marg and I are having a great time. We hope you are good. Talk soon. Rohan.
Petra - We miss your beautiful face and lovely accent. Please come back soon! We love you! PI
RED HAT Purple Pennsic Purveyors of Pleasure. Tea had to be cancelled this year. Queen Iwannadeollah, Katerina Hereksdottir of Norseland was unable to make it to War this year. She will make contact and will be looking forward to seeing all next year.
To all and especially Sir OW: Safe journey home. ~T
THANK YOU URCHIN MOM FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE 8-)
Happy 1st War Glenné & Aiden. Luv Elen of Birchbrae.
Mistress Juliana von Altenfeld is pleased to announce that she has taken AGMOF Don Edmund the Lame as her apprentice in the art and science of cooking so she may extend her protection, guidance and expertise in feeding the masses.
To my secret pal - you are the best - Judith
SC - Thank you for services rendered! The PI Staff
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
To the PI Staff - Thank you all for joining me in this adventure yet again. I am in awe of your perseverance and strength. However we manage to do this, it comes off every year. Your work benefits so many people! Bless you all.
- Heirusalem

Wanted to Buy
WANTED
Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292

Sunday August 2 2009

Brave New War, Part II

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter
Pennsic Independent
So Pennsic War XXXVIII will offer a whole new take on the war. How exactly will it work?
First, let’s have a word about War Points. Every individual competition will be worth an “event” point. This applies to both the traditional war and the Middle-East vs. the Known World war.
Whichever side wins more event points during each day will win one War Point.
Both wars will be best-of-three affairs, with whichever side wins two out of three days winning the war.
Along with Opening Ceremonies, Sunday is also “champion’s day” in the traditional war, with the archery, rapier, belted, unbelted and allied champions all having their say. Each of these is worth one event point each.
Be aware that start times for the champions’ events have changed from the Pennsic Book: start time is 1 p.m. for archery champions; 12:30 p.m. for rapier champions; 2 p.m. for belted and unbelted champion; and 3 p.m. for allied champions.
On Monday, it’s time for the Great Armies to take the field for two new battles, each worth one war point.
The River Battle will begin at 10 a.m. and will be three 20-minute fights over three bridges over a curving river. To possess a bridge, an army must raise two flags over each bridge. Possession over a majority of bridges at 10 minutes and at the end of each fight wins the fight; whoever wins two of three fights will win the event point.
About 45 minutes after the river battle will be the Gate Battle. This 45-minute, unlimited resurrection battle will be fought over five gates, with the side possessing the most gates winning the event point.
The rapier fighters, who will contest their Field Battle at 3 p.m, will decide Monday’s final event point.
Tuesday is the final day of the traditional war, with the three event points being determined by the conclusion of the first populace archery shoot and two field battles.
The fun will begin after the second Field Battle. That’s when a ceremony will be held ending the traditional war and opening the new war.

Og on Alcohol

Congratulations!
You should be proud. You have done well. No, I am not talking of your garb or your fighting prowess, nor your scribe work, A&S or storytelling, though they are all very nice. I am talking about your kids.
OG on our greatest treasure
Our LegacyThe next generation of the SCA
From my chair, I have seen babies turn to toddlers turn to urchins turn to teens turn to fighters and squires. They are a joy and a wonder. I have seen teens going around helping us grayhairs with our tents and camps. The youth fighters fight with honor and passion. They fight fair and they fight hard. Armies of urchins sell you your paper. Take some time and go through the youth A&S. I did last year and was very impressed.
Are our children perfect? No! But none of us are. My son spent way too much time on video games. I spent my youth in a smoky bar with a pool cue and a beer. Equally bad if not worse. But what I saw last year amazed me. When a teen did cause a problem, two other came over and tried to make it right. They are policing themselves… a sign of true maturity.
We could learn much from our children. Will there be problems? There always have been and always will be, but let us not punish all for the acts of a few. Let us lead by example and look to the good that our children do. There is much to brag about.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
We drink to those not old enough to drink with us, but someday soon they will buy the beer! To the next generation! May they enjoy all the successes we have had and also enjoy all the failures. Failures are part of learning. Failures can be a lot of fun. So says the fat, old, drunken…
OG

Pennsic’s Best Kept Bardic Non-Secret

TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter -- Pennsic Independent

For the 12th year in a row, the Chalkman Pub’s bardic competition was held Friday night to an appreciative audience. The houses of Sea Chameleon and The Burly Ten Pint Men have been holding their bardic competition at the edge of the old Tuchux Hill to a house so packed that the camp walls have to be lowered to accommodate spectators. This year’s competition featured about 15 acts, from a capella performances to guitar, mandolin, and even small (Uillean or Northumbrian) pipes.

Jointly emceed by Lord Commodore Robin McCauley and Lord Hennessey, the Chalkman bardic is aimed at entertainers who do not work with drums as their primary instrument. As Lord Hennessey put it, “Put a couple of doumbeks together and you have a drum circle. We’re aiming at the performers who are looking for a venue where they don’t have to compete with the drumming.” Most nights the Pub is open, it becomes a jam session spot for many bards of the Known World.

The Chalkman Pub itself runs Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays of the two weeks of Pennsic, and features house band Revelwood as well. Information on entering their bardic competition (which is by pre-registration only) can be found at their website: www.chalkman.com.

This year’s competition featured entertainers from across the Known World, and performances included Master John ap Wynne performing a Gaelic love song, Andrew Scarheart with a stirring rendition of “The Minstrel” (not the 1900s song of the same name), and Jean, singing “Morgan le Fey”.

Winners of the Master of Ceremony’s awards were “The Omega Company Pick-Up Band” with three Irish reels, Rutger with “Bound for South Australia”, and Terrace Fire with “Crooked Jack”. The winners for originality were “Fezzes Down”, while Don Andrew won for Best Performance. The Stage Presence award went to Master Cedric of Ansteorra for a hilarious song with an “R” rating, while last year’s overall winner Michael Kelly of An Tir took the Musical Quality award with his rousing rendition of Master Hector of Ealdormere’s song “Rise”. The overall winners of this year’s Chalkman Pub bardic were “The Respectable Hooligans” doing a medley of pieces including the original composition “Hooligan’s Reel”.

With well over 100 attendees (and a “drive by” service window for those desirous of refreshment but unable to get through the crowd to the bar), the Chalkman Pub Bardic was a most lively and enjoyable experience for both performers and audience alike. Next year, check the web site before you leave for War, and pencil in the show for your enjoyment.

Thursday August 6 2009

Og on Alcohol

Og on Alcohol

Behold the Fountain of Youth! Liquid GOLD! Free for the taking. Alchemists thought it was the key due to its color. It is the not so secret secret ingredient in most love potions. It is used in wool dyeing and cleaning as well as leather curing. We can find it used as soap, cleaner and bleach. It can help harden steel for hammer heads. Gunpowder, medicines, shampoos… the list of uses is almost endless.
People left their daily donation in a barrel on the corner. Some could even sell it. A higher price was paid to a red-haired donor. I do not know why. The Romans even taxed it. In a culture older and far wiser than ours it was thought of as a health drink. When used daily, claims that it could cure all ills and give near superhuman powers were common. I cannot stand the taste, whether mixed with water, milk, wine or even BEER. -HA-
There are stories of young boys lining up with pots of their morning donation to their emperor. Yes, it is said morning donations were the best. All this from what we now throw away… What we leave in the Port-a-castle and pay to dispose of.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
Look in my mug…yes, it is yellow, but it is 100% BEER. I swear!
Drink well
Drink Often
Drink with
OG

Pennsic Memorial Stone Project Underway

Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter –Pennsic Independent

“The People of the Folk-Assembly (Society) raised this stone in order to give honor to those who have walked these fields and fallen. We will meet again.” These words will be carved in runes on a nine-ton slab of Pennsylvania sandstone to be installed at Cooper’s Lake as a memorial to those in the SCA who have passed away over the years. The project is the brainchild of Lord Valdis of Gotland (mka Ken Koll) of the shire of Montevale in the East Kingdom, an idea that came to him after he lost a good friend.
Next year, an eleven-foot slab of Butler sandstone will be delivered to Pennsic, and the public will be invited to help carve the memorial itself. The decision to choose local stone was twofold: first to avoid shipping costs, and second to make this memorial truly part of Pennsic by using local stone.
The three foot wide slab will be worked on by approximately 200 to 250 attendees after some training in the use of the tools and the techniques needed for the project, says Lord Valdis. This year, he can be seen either at his merchant booth (#64) or out near the large tree located near booths 108/109, carving a sample stone and raising some of the approximately $6,000 needed for the project. The memorial stone itself is anticipated to stand about seven feet above ground level when completed and installed.
The Gotland-style artwork on the stone features a dragon and tiger, and a Viking boat sailing on Cooper’s Lake with its shields adorned in a style reminiscent of the Æthelmearc arms. On its top there will be a valkyrie welcoming the fallen soul, while a bard plays a harp in the background.
If the sample stone Lord Valdis is working on this year turns out well, he is considering auctioning it off to help raise some of the project’s costs. “If we find ourselves with extra cash, we intend to purchase some concrete benches to install by the memorial stone, so visitors may sit in quiet contemplation,” he noted.
Donations to the project may be made while Lord Valdis is carving, at numerous donation cans around Pennsic, or through Paypal via the email address of PennsicRuneStone@oakthorne.com. The web site to read more on this project is pennsicrunestone.com.

Unclassifieds

Contest Results
KNOWN WORLD PETANQUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Half-Final: Rieur Sanglier beat Vestguard/Chalkman - Lustywench beat Int'l Beaver. Final: Rieur Sanglier 13 Chalklusty 9. Welcome Home Trophy!
Thanks to everyone who showed up. It was fun. See you next year! Le Rieur Sanglier. P.S. Please donÕt cry Mum.

Events Open to All
Dame Hauviette d'Anjou (Chef Channon Mondoux, as seen on the Food Network, and heard on NPR's 'Here on Earth-Inside Islam') will autograph Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent Thurs Aug 6, 2-4pm, at Poison Pen Press (Bookseller's Row, Booth 63). Join us for a book signing and tasting of recipes from her e-cookbook. Bonus recipe & sample spice mix with purchase.
Performance Friday 9-10:30am: 'Touch The Earth' by students of Storytelling Academy. Please join us and lend your support.

For Sale
1 War Guarantee on All Mugs A's Round Pottery #51
WATER HEATER -- RV STYLE. WORKS GREAT! $100 OR BO. ASK FOR BERUS @ CAMP TESTOSTERONE, N31.
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
100% Linen for Rapier armor! Passes the punch test. Check out our colors. Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Where'd I get that soap? Om Shanti Handcrafts #42.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
The madness continues! Why stop now? gemstones still half off. new sales every day. Costumes by Loren 166 Fleet Street
Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N12 House Fallen Star
ARE YOU COMING UNRAVELED?
Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Until 11:00 pm nightly!
12x16 Marquee bell end w/ Poles/Ropes/Stakes. $500 or BO Sat am p.u. B01 Casado Buraco.
Run out of money before you ran out of war? Visit ursulasalcove.com when your next pay check arrives.
Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our FalconÕs Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171
Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171
14x14 Pavilion complete excellent $1100 Space 36
Final Friday $5 Off Sale A's Round Pottery #51
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, WhatÕcha gonna do? WhatÕcha gonna do when the punchlineÕs you?- Claus the Toymaker.
Wolfram's Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscellania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!
Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ Your Inner Vagabond
Evil Abra says, *Check your silver prices!* We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
Archers Custom Made Bowstrings, 20 colors to choose from. Bows, arrows, and more at Cloak & Dagger #15
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! It's all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
For the best selection of Folkwear Patterns at war, visit Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.
Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com
For Sale: Don't be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - King Size Rope/Slat Bed. Folds flat. Mortise & tenon joints. Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed Mattress. Available Saturday. $175.00 OBO. See Tommy Fetterolf in Camp Bloodguard, N17 or 814-853-6165.
Beading needles now in. Lady Guendalina's Closet #123
Cheese Cloth, siks, fine wools! Dragons Magic #25
For sale: Full metal legs with 5-piece knees and Spanish-style fluted clamshell breast plate. Both in good condition. Inquire at MidEast Magic Merchant Space Four.
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18x24' $22 Group orders avail. Space 202 Battle Rd
For Sale - 2 Panther Wall Tents. 10x14. Includes everything - Poles-Stakes-Ropes-Flys. $500 each, both for $900. Pick up Sun. By My Hand Designs Booth 144 Battle Rd.
Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.
Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing Pig Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.
Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Blonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764
15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have 'em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Rope Bed for Sale. $200. Avail Sat. See Wilhelm or Cristabell in De Taahe Camp in X01.
Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane
LOST YOUR NEEDLE? Sharps, embroidery, glovers, sail-makers at Dragons Magic
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open 'til 11:00 pm nightly!
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty Tower's Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Don't make me take it home! Queen size Viking style slat bed, used just once. Hand made, all period joinery and finish. All reasonable offers considered. See Robin @ House Gallowglass, corner of St. Lawrence & Sedalia.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
Own last year's musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!
SHOWER FOR SALE!!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!
For Sale SCA Road Signs - 'Fighter Practice Area', 'Danger Viking Territory' and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Weaving is a verb. Loom is a noun. For the best looms to weave with, visit Ursula's Alcove, 166 Fleet.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
Is Fabric Dragon (#42) drinking enough water?
Hundreds of sheaths and scabbards to fit your blade. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Saffron: Grow Your Own Taking reservations for Fall Delivery A's Round Pottery #51 roundpottery@gmail
Brand New Bodice. Black, 2X. $65 OBO. Camped in N13.
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
Needle tip* Cut thread end at angle before threading needle DM #25
For Sale Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Buy it here, break it here, we replace it A's #51
Evil Abra says, 'You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!' See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open 'til 11:00 pm nightly.
Stainless Steel & Brass Corinthian Helm, Used, Orig. From Major SCA Armorer. Already padded & strapped. $400 or best offer. See Gideon @ Dragonship Haven, B08. Email Andy@strassman.com.
Visit Hostetler's Bakery at the turn off 422.
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Tents for Sale! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08.
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
The Answer is 42. The question is Where can I get Fantastic Pearls, Silk floss, Scissors and more?
'Pennsic for Dummies' by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26
PENNSIC WAR GAMES! On sale at Hrymgnar's New & Used Booty. Field Battle, Woods Battle & Castle Battle. Over 100 units in accurate colors! Includes most Kingdom & Household units including combat archers & siege weapons! Only $35.
The Knights Next Door, a non-fiction account of the events, activities, history and fun of the SCA on sale at Pillaged Village and on Amazon. Author booksigning during Midnight Madness.
Evil Abra's empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open 'til 11 pm nightly!
Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents A's #51
Tent for Sale. 12' Panther Regent. Buy now, pick up at end of Pennsic. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.

General
Broken Target Arrows Wanted A's Round Pottery #51
I Genesii's fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this year's), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com
East Kingdom Exchequers - Molly is having office hours Friday from 3 to 5 in AS3.
Weed Walk Consortium would like to acknowledge 2 teachers who were not attributed in the class guide: Mistress Phiala O'Ceallaigh (Fri) & Lady Josephine of Flanders (Thurs).
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent's Camp AA NA OASA all welcome.
A very big thank you to the following gentles for moving the archery equipment to the new trailer the Sunday before Pennsic: Dirk Edward of Frisia, Etan Ni Donncha, Matheus and Aethilhild of Rivenvale, Ancel Fitzcharles, Nigel Fitzmaurice, Ron and Wyndham of Gwytarian and Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe.
BARDS HAVEN IS BACK !! COME AND BE WELCOME HONORED GUESTS AND DEAR FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET.
Courtials of formia Anest of Geata is at N13
DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) Minerva's Spindle (158) and A&S Point.
For Sale Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Play Second Life? Look up Vickie Wunderland for the Pennsic Group.
Handouts for class on 16th Century Tennis now available at Mystic Mail.
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!
Good Gentles one and all! Do you enjoy theater? Do you enjoy comedy? Do you enjoy the laughter of children? Please join us at Youth Point on Thursday at 11am for the Kiddie Commedia Performance. Have a child interested in performing? Meet us at 10am on Thursday to be part of the show!
Non-denominational prayer meeting every evening @ 7:30 pm in front of the castle. Look for the banner. All are welcome!

Help Wanted
HELP WANTED: pack merchant van for 2-3 hrs, starting 3:30 Sat. See Carllein @ Small Churl Books.

Lost & Found
Many thanks to those who offered good words when my helm and gauntlets were stolen from the field. The welded chain camail was stolen. May the thief find that it gives him neither protection nor gain. You cost me the field battles. Master Andrixos.
Stolen from the Bread Bowl a Bushnell Game Camera. Return or found no questions asked. See The Old Broad.
Grey heavy wool half cloak with hood. Last seen at Chalkman. See Freddie at Turtle Island on Battle Rd
Lost: Black Leather Glove with Red Trim. Return to B06 - The Conspiracy Inn. Reward $10.

Memorials
Memorial for Ulfr hinn Svarti Juzki: Ship Burning TONIGHT at Dark Thirty.
The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a memento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground W09.

Personals
Og was mistaken! For documentation on a 2nd-3rd century three-tine eating fork in Roman Britain, come see The Amber Lady @ Hagerson Forge in Space 195.
OG SAYS SORRY!
Abra: Please let Dan go swimming today. Love, Temair
Rebecca Cartmell of Farmland, please see Duchess Simone at Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St. Urgent!
Tir Thalor! Soooo...how's the weather?
Successful SJF seeing MRS degree. Applicants must be over 5'9", fit, like high colonics and long walks in the bog. To apply come to the intersection of Myfan Way and Abandon Hope and yell for Teagan
Erin – Don't drink it if it's on fire! :> J&A
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
Greetings /b/ - The Game
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau 'Mud-Cheval'
To Kat of E10: Please come to E23, House Hedgehog. We need to thank you for your kindness! Ask for Andrew!
To my angel - my Queen. Happy Birthday! Yours, B.

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Within Range

By Christophe of Grey
Missile Weapons Reporter – Pennsic Independent

Archery
Monday and Tuesday, the populace shoot between the East and allies and Middle and allies occurred on the archery range. The East and allies took the day with a total score of 2574 versus 1629 for the Middle and allies. Wednesday and Thursday the populace can shoot the war point a second time with scores tallied for East and Middle versus all allies.
Thursday at 10 am on the youth range there will be a Beany Baby shoot for the youth archers.
Friday at 9 am, the Youth Champion shoot will be held. Youths wishing to participate must have their own bows and arrows. No loaner gear will be available.
The archery range marshals are still observing deserving, enthusiastic, courteous new archers in need of archery gear as recipients of the two fine bows donated by Elk Ridge Archery.

Thrown Weapons
The Champion’s Tournament between the East and allies and Middle and allies was held Monday. 24 throwers participated, 12 per side. The high score was recorded by Joe the Just of the Middle with the second highest score going to Gavin McBane of the East. The throw consisted of two targets with three throws each of axe, knife, and spear. The Middle and allies won with a total score of 220 to 215 for the East and allies.
For Wednesday three throws were planned: 9 am, Estrogen and Axes; 2:30, Two Handed Tourney; and 4 pm, Hecklers Tourney.

Tuesday August 4 2009

Ask Doctor Best

That learned scholar, Doctor Henry Best, is available to answer your personal questions on matters grave or frivolous, through consultation of portents in the heavens. Please remember that, although he is educated in astrology and a myriad other areas of natural philosophy, holding a PhD from the University of Atlantia, Doctor Best is not a licensed psychotherapist.

Dear Doctor Best,
I’m about to fight in Crown and I’m unsure who to ask to be my consort. I am including birth data for both my wife and mistress.
Thanks,
Hot Stick

Dear Stick,
Young man, I would be remiss if I failed to say I see turmoil and strife in your future. As you are a Leo with Venus in Scorpio, I know my words will be wasted on you, but regrets of my own misspent youth professional ethics move me to make the attempt regardless.
These charts show your wife would make the better queen but your mistress is prone to greater violence. You could eschew astrology and decide with your dowsing rod. You could introduce the two of them and ask their opinion. I will sell tickets, donating your half towards your medical bills.
Never fear, once the excitement of this upcoming crown draws to an end, you will be able to approach your next tournament with a clean slate.

Good Luck,
Doctor Best

Dear Doctor Best,
Who is going to win the war?
Signed,
Call Me Legion

Dear Legion,
You’d be amazed how many people have asked me this one. I’ve collected a great deal of data on this. It’s a complex problem, involving birthdates of the East and Middle kings, coronations, and of course the final piece of the puzzle, the cannon sounding the “birth” of the war itself. I was fairly confident I was equal to the task, until I saw the points rules for this year. That’s more complicated than astrology!
Nonetheless, I have my prediction in a sealed envelope, in the secure custody of the Pennsic Independent office. It would, of course, be unethical of me to publish the final results of the war ahead of time, as it would spoil the fun for everyone.

Do you have a question? Bring it to Dr Best’s office at Sun Baked Studio, on Battle Road. Whenever possible, include birth date, time, and place for all parties involved. Your identity will be held in strictest confidence. “Ask me any question, and I’ll give you any answer!”

Og on Manners

Good manners… Period or not period?
There is a class on this at Pennsic this year. I am sorry I will miss it. There are a lot of great classes. You are so lucky to be there. We have all seen the Henry VIII thing biting the turkey leg and throwing it over his shoulder while wiping his face on his sleeve. MYTH! The higher up you were on the royalty food chain, the more good manners were important. Needed. EXPECTED!
There are many books on manners that are period. They have rules like, “Do not blow your nose on the table cloth.” For there to be such a rule, someone had to be breaking it. People ate with their hip knife and a spoon they often carried with them.
Forks, as we all know, are late period. I'll use one anyway.
Barbarians ate with a sword. Knights ate with a dagger. Gentlemen ate with chopsticks. Leftovers were gathered and given to the poor. Bread was a big part of any meal. Many loaves per guest per remove.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To good manners, period or not! Let’s do it anyway. Why? Because it would make our mothers proud! TO OUR MOTHERS.
Drink well
Drink often
Drink with…

OG

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Events Open to All

Get Ready for the Atlatl Battles. Make your own Atlatl and darts Workshops, Monday, August 3, 10 a.m. or Tuesday, August 4, 10 a.m. Kits available $40 each. Thunderbird Atlatl Tent, Street of Gold. Call 607-743-4379. Mailing tubes available to send your sets home $6 each.

Dame Hauviette d'Anjou (Chef Channon Mondoux, as seen on the Food Network, and heard on NPR's 'Here on Earth-Inside Islam') will autograph Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent Thurs Aug 6, 2-4pm, at Poison Pen Press (Bookseller's Row, Booth 63). Join us for a book signing and tasting of recipes from her e-cookbook. Bonus recipe & sample spice mix with purchase.

Third Atlatl Battle - Tuesday, August 4, Battlefield West, 7 p.m. More information contact Thunderbird Atlatl, Street of Gold, or call 607-743-4379.

For Sale

Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com

1 War Guarantee on All Mugs AÕs Round Pottery #51

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!

15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN

Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.

16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdechavel, N33. Ask for Harley.

ALL CLOAKS $45-SILK, LINEN, HEMP, COTTON-shop early for best selection-Space 202

Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our Falcons Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171

18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!

ARE YOU COMING UNRAVELED?
Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.

Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.

24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104

ÒBad Garb BingoÓ 4 card set game new this year. Limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.

Does plastic ruin your look? Wooden straws ! Correct for our period, food safe, and environmentally sound. Several styles suitable for high table or boudoir. Handmade in the US only $20 Dancing Pig #18 Bow St

Yurt . Camp Infi Nity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.

SS & Brass Corinthian helm, padded & strapped, lightly used. Beautiful worksmanship but needs owner w/ smaller nose than mine. $500 OBO. See Gideon, Dragonship Haven, B08

Celtic Knotwork cotton and lots of dangley shinys at Costumes by Loren. Doll Clothes and dressed bears also. New sales every day. 166 Fleet Street

Beading needles now in. Lady GuenÕs Closet #123

DonÕt be a strumpet! cover your pate with a hat from UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.

SCA Road Signs - ÒFighter Practice AreaÓ, ÒDanger Viking TerritoryÓ and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!

Buy it here, break it here, we replace it AÕs #51

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Own last yearÕs musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!

Corset tip * Use stay 1/2 Ò shorter than pocket to prevent poke-through. DM # 25

For the best selection of Folkwear Patterns at war, visit UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

Steel corset stays, steel hoop boning! Booth # 25

Tent awning, complete setup kit. DBL. Bell wedge Panther. VG condition. 5 yrs. old. All poles shortened. W/ sleeves. Interior pole conversion A-frame. N15. The Black Dragons - Apollonia. + More features $800

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVIII that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

DonÕt buy threads in the dark! Our specials run all war... Fabric Dragon: Silk, linen, wool thread #42

Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26

Evil Abra says, ÒCheck your silver prices!Ó We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.

Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ your Innervagabond

Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane

Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.

Cloaks & Totes. From Misty TowerÕs Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26

New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! ItÕs all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30

Going out of beading sale! No time left to bead means IÕm selling off my Amber Necklaces cheap! 25% off! Dancing Pig #18 Bow Street

WolframÕs Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscelania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Hundreds of sheaths and scabbards to fit your blade. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Need soap - fighter balm - bug spray - massage oil - natural ingredients only - #42 Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, ÒYou can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!Ó See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.

Tents ! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08.

ÒPennsic for DummiesÓ by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.

Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Bonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764

Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents AÕs #51

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24

Is Fabric Dragon (#42) drinking enough water?
The Answer is 42. The question is Where can I get Fantasic Perls, Silk floss, Scissors and more?

Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)

Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26

WATER HEATER -- RV STYLE. WORKS GREAT! $100 OR BO. ASK FOR BERUS @ CAMP TESTOSTERONE, N31.

Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing PIg Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.

Evil AbraÕs empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open Ôtil 11 pm nightly!

DonÕt be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.

Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.

Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171

The answer is 42! the Question is Where is Fabric Dragon? Yup we moved again to space #42

Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.

Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26

Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N1Z House Fallen Star

Sewing thread, safety pins, glasshead pins. #25

Bad garb, bad garb, WhatÕcha gonna do? WhatÕca gonna do when the punchlineÕs you?- Claus the Toymaker.

SHOWER !!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!

Visit HostetlerÕs Bakery at the turn off 422.

General

CELTIC BARD X!!! FOOD, GOODIES AND GIFTS TUES NITE!

Mommy Glynis & Daddy Fergus: Please remember to bring home a cow and a tuna from Pennsic - thanks! Your pets, Mischief, Freya, & Loki

Courtials of formia Anest of Geata is at N13

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the DecadentÕs Camp AA NA OASA all welcome.

Amongst the green grass - Sex in the Middle Ages Class will be Wed 6PM AS4 Ages 18 or Parents OK

N18 short boat taking on water. Tomasso needs caulk. Tomasso loves the caulk!

Inkle weaving 10AM Tuesday Lucet basics 2PM Tuesday Card weaving 10AM Wednesday Pine Box Traders space 192 Check here daily for classes

BARDS HAVEN IS BACK !! COME AND BE WELCOME HONORED GUESTS AND DEAR FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET.

Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.

Broken Target Arrows Wanted AÕs Round Pottery #51

DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) MinervaÕs Spindle (158) and A&S Point.

Non-denominational prayer meeting every evening @ 7:30 pm in front of the castle. Look for the banner. All are welcome!

ONT: Volley of Arrows 2009 ~ The Yeomen and the Bards - www.vestyorvik.org/event.html

Give yourself a tax break- brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com

Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159

Help Wanted

WANTED kid wrangler for 3 girls -- 6,9, & 11 -- paid gig. If interested contact Jamie or Audrey at Booth 144 By My Hand Designs.

Lost & Found

Clan ShadowoodÕs shield has been stolen with no ransom. We want it back. If you know of its whereabouts come to E27 (conveniently located next to Wulf Den) and sing like a canary. Win cash and prizes!

MISSING: A blue and black dragon with blue wings. If found, please return to White Wolf and the Phoenix at 133 Plunder Lane.

Memorials

A memorial service was held for Baroness Mistress Margaret von dem Schwartzwald (aka Gretchen or Andrea); former Baroness Middle Marches. Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop by Mdrealm Royal Camp to write a note in a memory book to be given to her husband, Syr Thomas ap Llewylen, and daughter, Katey.

The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a memento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground W09.

Parties

DeLondres Household invites our friends to their Annual Bardic Party Tonight @ 9:30pm X-05 Along the Low Road

Friends of Lord Fiachna Mac Clennetig and Lady Asta Vagnsdottir, MKA Tom Tennant and Tammy Johnson, are invited to our private engagement party held at the Chalkman 1 hour after court on Tuesday August 4. Cake is provided but bring your own alcohol.

Wanted: Pipers! Do YOU have what it takes to win the Mtn. Confederation's Annual Piper Competition? Competition is Tues. in E12, 8:30ish pm. Pipers please come a bit early! All fans great and small are welcome, ID needed to drink.
Personals

Baroness Gaerwen of Trafford will sit her vigil for Laurel from 2:00 to 6:00, Wednesday in Rowanhall Camp W13 beside the bath house. All Welcome.

We laughed at the vibrating teen during lunch Fri-feel like laughing again?Stop by Odyssey Coffee in the afternoon and look for the redhead in back.

DVG: Have you had enough to drink? ~T

Emer, Ulfr wishes you love,romance and affection on this, the anniversary of our star-crossed meeting. I am yours.

Erin Don't drink it if it's called Surprise! :> J&A

MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!

THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ÔMud-ChevalÓ

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Vipers!

By Johanna Ungulata

The Pennsic Independent has received warning of a great danger facing the populace of the Pennsic War. The Soothsayers of the Circus of the Damned have predicted that a swarm of vipers will plague the marketplace and food court, starting Tuesday morning. Based on the accuracy of their plague predictions in past years, we believe that the populace of Pennsic should make whatever preparations they can against this latest terror.
Rania Iskremorova of the Circus of the Damned warns, “The signs are all in place for a huge number of deadly vipers to invade the marketplace and food court areas starting on Tuesday morning. They will be small, quick, and newly hatched, and we believe that the children of Pennsic will be best equipped to capture them. Their boundless energy and nimble fingers will make catching these vipers a simple task. Adults will have much more difficulty handling these beasts. They should step aside and leave this problem to the kids.”
The PI has confirmed that the creatures do exist. Johan Cervus, Pennsic’s Animal Control Officer, told PI reporters, “We’re not sure where they came from, but they’re definitely heading toward the marketplace. They seem to be particularly hostile when approached by adults; the only specimens we have in captivity were caught by children.”
Lord Cervus has made this plea to the children, “Although it may be dangerous, I need to ask every child to scan the roads and pathways of the food court and marketplace to try to locate and capture one of these vipers and turn it in to the Circus of the Damned during the Children’s Fete on Wednesday between 1-4 pm. The best thing we can do is keep these creatures separated, so each child should only try to capture ONE VIPER.”
The Circus of the Damned has negotiated with the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to create a protected Snake Sanctuary, so that the captured creatures can live out the rest of their lives in peace and prosperity. King Maynard and Queen Liaidain of Sylvan Æthelmearc were pleased to be able to care for these creatures and proclaimed, “As it is Our duty to protect all creatures within Our lands, We shall ensure suitable space is available for the proposed Snake Sanctuary.”
Every child who captures a viper and turns it in at the Children’s Fete will be rewarded with a Royal Commendation signed by several of the visiting monarchs, as well as a prize from the Circus of the Damned. Any child not finding a viper on Tuesday in the marketplace is requested to please come to the Children’s Fete in the barn on Wednesday to help keep the creatures contained. While the members of the Circus of the Damned are fine entertainers, they are somewhat lacking in their zoo-keeping skills and will need all the help they can get while they prepared these feisty critters for the move to their new home.

Wednesday August 5 2009

Juggling Babies at Pennsic

By Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter – Pennsic Independent

One baby at War can be a challenge, two can be a handful-plus. However, how do you handle FOUR children under four years of age? That is the question asked of Lori and Dave, Atlantia’s own Bee People. Behind their delightful booth full of beeswax, honey, and other goodies, is a playpen filled with Arthur, Brannon, and Charles, three identical one-year old baby boys. Their 3 1/2 year old daughter Rowan can be found holding onto Grandma Billie or Grandpa Chuck’s hand.

Mother Lori has been keeping bees for thirteen years, originally as part of way to supplement the family food bill while she was a graduate student. Her garden did not flourish until she realized that the flowers were not being pollinated. That meant putting in some bees. Bees became a hobby, and ultimately her full-time business since 2006.

But how do you get anything done with a swarm of babies at hand? Apparently this is quite a skill set, one which mom Lori is still polishing. Despite her best intentions, it takes approximately six hours to ready her triplets, Rowan, mom, and dad, to get to their sales booth daily. There are bottles to be given, diaper bags to be readied, breakfast for the older family members, and so forth. Lori is quite insistent that none of this could be accomplished without the support of her parents (who have moved in with the couple) and their squad of highly qualified and dedicated staff at the Bee Folks booth.

Lori says that Pennsic is a “different experience than I thought it would be”, but that she is enjoying the quality time with the boys that Pennsic offers her. At home she works up to 14 hours a day in her office on her bee business. Passersby comment “you’re much braver than I am”, or offer her ”condolences” on wrangling three identical little boys at once. She was also given an “authorization card” indicating that the triple stroller is an authorized War-weapon.

One of the most fun things about the boys is when they all peer out of a tent at once, reminiscent of a pint-size Monty Python and the Holy Grail moment. Although the couple do not have much garb for the babies, people have been bringing donations of baby tunics and such for them. Other than for shock value or for photos, Lori says they prefer to not dress the babies identically.

Thankfully big sister Rowan interacts well with her baby brothers. She is not fond of having her picture taken with the boys, but does like to play with them.

As mom Lori points out, naturally-occurring triplets (not via IVF) happen in approximately 1 in 200 million pregnancies, so if you see the family and its über-stroller out and about, say hello to one of the rarest sights at Pennsic.

SHORT PEOPLE THROUGH HISTORY !

I’m Guilty. I’m Sorry. I, like many, see a huge Neanderthal armor up and walk onto a field and I say, "Wow.” I see a skinny five foot nothing enter the field with two sticks and I go " - "
I am a fool. The Neanderthal is a nothing and dies soon. The five footer has been fighting and winning tourneys for decades.
Like I said, I am a fool. No big surprise there. Life in the middle ages, as we all know, was hard and cruel. For a dwarf…I use the term for it that they did…it was ten times worse. They were kept by royals as almost pets, toys, entertainment. They were collected and traded. They became fools and jesters, pimps and food tasters. They were used as pages and messengers.
Most were not handicapped or mentally disabled in any way and soon became advisers, counselors, ambassadors and even spies. A few were knighted and at least one was a duelist.
Away from the royals, life was still not easy. But there were still short businessmen, farmers, even clergy plying their trades . Records show some ran ale houses and inns, often teaming up with a giant, an odd couple to say the least.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To those giants around us who are short of stature, men or women, we are still forced to look up to you.
Drink well
Drink Often
Drink with
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Dame Hauviette d'Anjou (Chef Channon Mondoux, as seen on the Food Network, and heard on NPR's 'Here on Earth-Inside Islam') will autograph Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent Thurs Aug 6, 2-4pm, at Poison Pen Press (Bookseller's Row, Booth 63). Join us for a book signing and tasting of recipes from her e-cookbook. Bonus recipe & sample spice mix with purchase.

For Sale
ALL CLOAKS $45-SILK, LINEN, HEMP, COTTON-shop early for best selection-Space 202
100% Linen for Rapier armor! Passes the punch test. Check out our colors. Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St.
1 War Guarantee on All Mugs AÕs Round Pottery #51
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18x24Ó $22 Group orders avail. Space 202 Battle Rd
Tent for Sale. 12Õ Panther Regent. Buy now, pick up at end of Pennsic. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
Snoods-silk cotton, semi-precious beads. Lady GuenÕs Closet space #123 Plunder Lane
12x16 Marquee bell end w/ Poles/Ropes/Stakes. $500 or BO Sat am p.u. B01 Casado Buraco.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
For sale: Full metal legs with 5-piece knees and Spanish-style fluted clamshell breast plate. Both in good condition. Inquire at MidEast Magic Merchant Space Four.
ARE YOU COMING UNRAVELED?
Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171
14x14 Pavilion complete excellent $1100 Space 36
Archers Custom Made Bowstrings, 20 colors to choose from. Bows, arrows, and more at Cloak & Dagger #15
Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.
Costumes by Loren has madness all day! Gemstones half off. Different sales thru the day. Free gift with purchase. 166 Fleet Street.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN
Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty TowerÕs Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26
For Sale SCA Road Signs - ÒFighter Practice AreaÓ, ÒDanger Viking TerritoryÓ and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Buy it here, break it here, we replace it. AÕs #51
Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ Your Inner Vagabond
The answer is 42! The Question is where is Fabric Dragon? Yup we moved again to space #42
Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Blonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764
New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! ItÕs all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
ÒBad Garb BingoÓ 4 card set game new this year. Limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our FalconÕs Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171
Evil Abra says, ÒYou can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!Ó See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
Need soap - fighter balm - bug spray - massage oil - natural ingredients only - #42 Fabric Dragon
Beading needles now in. Lady GuenÕs Closet #123
Midnight Madness Sale - Gambasons & Fencing Shirts Only - 15% off. Full Articulated Sleeves on Gambs @ Horsebows #172.
For Sale Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing Pig Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
WolframÕs Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscellania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
The Knights Next Door, a non-fiction account of the events, activities, history and fun of the SCA on sale at Pillaged Village and on Amazon. Author booksigning during Midnight Madness.
Own last yearÕs musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Knives sharpened, cleaned, minor repairs, sheaths made or fixed. CLOAK & DAGGER, Space 15.
DonÕt buy threads in the dark! Our specials run all war... Fabric Dragon: Silk, linen, wool thread #42
SS & Brass Corinthian helm, padded & strapped, lightly used. Beautiful workmanship but needs owner w/ smaller nose than mine. $500 OBO. See Gideon, Dragonship Haven, B08
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
DonÕt be a strumpet! Cover your pate with a hat from UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
Cheese cloth! Silk veiling! Fine wool! DM#25
Evil Abra says, ÒCheck your silver prices!Ó We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
For Sale: DonÕt be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
Hundreds of sheaths and scabbards to fit your blade. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Is Fabric Dragon (#42) drinking enough water?
Cloak & Dagger, agents for Hank Reinhardt's personal weapons collection. Over 200 swords, pole arms, mass weapons. Space 15.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
SHOWER FOR SALE!!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!
SMALL CHURL BOOKS Now even more bargain books! 375 titles below $10! All are labeled for your shopping ease.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Midnite Madness starts at noon- SEE COLORS! DM#25
Evil AbraÕs empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open Ôtil 11 pm nightly!
Michael Z. Williamson, signing copies of his novels Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, Contact with Chaos at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
WhereÕd I get that soap? Om Shanti Handcrafts #42.
For Sale HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS - once youÕve tried it, youÕll never use anything less. ItÕs not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row.
Visit HostetlerÕs Bakery at the turn off 422.
Weaving is a verb. Loom is a noun. For the best looms to weave with, visit UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet.
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26
Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N12 House Fallen Star
Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents AÕs #51
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
PENNSIC WAR GAMES! On sale at HrymgnarÕs New & Used Booty. Field Battle, Woods Battle & Castle Battle. Over 100 units in accurate colors! Includes most Kingdom & Household units including combat archers & siege weapons! Only $35.
Tent awning, complete setup kit. DBL. Bell wedge Panther. VG condition. 5 yrs. old. All poles shortened. W/ sleeves. Interior pole conversion A-frame. N15. The Black Dragons - Apollonia. + More features $800
Saffron: Grow Your Own Taking reservations for Fall Delivery AÕs Round Pottery #51 roundpottery@gmail
For Sale Mortar & Pestle sale - 3 sizes - all $5 each. Today only. Guild of Limners. #24.
The Answer is 42. The question is Where can I get Fantastic Pearls, Silk floss, Scissors and more?
Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171
Tents for Sale! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08.
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
WATER HEATER -- RV STYLE. WORKS GREAT! $100 OR BO. ASK FOR BERUS @ CAMP TESTOSTERONE, N31.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
ÒPennsic for DummiesÓ by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26

General
Barony of Brendoken BaronessÕs Tea will be held today Wednesday August 5 at 1pm. Located at N34 at Chicane Ln. & BronwenÕs Path.
Good Gentles one and all! Do you enjoy theater? Do you enjoy comedy? Do you enjoy the laughter of children? Please join us at Youth Point on Thursday at 11am for the Kiddie Commedia Performance. Have a child interested in performing? Meet us at 10am on Thursday to be part of the show!
East Kingdom Exchequers - Molly is having office hours Friday from 3 to 5 in AS3.
A very big thank you to the following gentles for moving the archery equipment to the new trailer the Sunday before Pennsic: Dirk Edward of Frisia, Etan Ni Donncha, Matheus and Aethilhild of Rivenvale, Ancel Fitzcharles, Nigel Fitzmaurice, Ron and Wyndham of Gwytarian and Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe.
BARDS HAVEN IS BACK!! COME AND BE WELCOME HONORED GUESTS AND DEAR FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET.
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the DecadentÕs Camp AA NA OASA all welcome.
Courtials of formia Anest of Geata is at N13
Amongst the green grass - Sex in the Middle Ages Class will be Wed 6PM AS4 Ages 18 or Parents OK
Broken Target Arrows Wanted AÕs Round Pottery #51
DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) MinervaÕs Spindle (158) and A&S Point.
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com
Go ask Auntie Arwen if she is drinking enough water! Auntie ArwenÕs Spices space # 185
Cheese cloth! Silk veiling! Fine wool! DM #25
I GenesiiÕs fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this yearÕs), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
MEADHOVEL, Hold! Drink 1 for Veronica
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
Non-denominational prayer meeting every evening @ 7:30 pm in front of the castle. Look for the banner. All are welcome!
Sewing tip* Keep scissors sharp: hide them under mattress so hubby canÕt find them! DM#25
To the Ladies of the Wondering Dragon Inn, Outlands- Remember those who are stuck at home miss you! Don't forget to bring me back something pretty! -Magda
For Sale Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.

Lost & Found
To the base cur who stole my Titanium gauntlets and custom helm from the Calontir shade fly Mon night: you have earned my enmity and a place in my next song. To the person who returns them to Calontir Trim: you have earned the $100 in trim that is your reward. The helm has a welded mail drape, a stainless ball on the top, a Baronial Coronet, 2 Chi-Rhog and Pelican blood drops. Master Andrixos.

Memorials
The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a memento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground W09.
A memorial service was held for Baroness Mistress Margaret von dem Schwartzwald (aka Gretchen or Andrea); former Baroness Middle Marches. Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop by Midrealm Royal Camp to write a note in a memory book to be given to her husband, Syr Thomas ap Llewylen, and daughter, Katey.

Parties
Rebecca Cartmell of Farmland, please see Duchess Simone at Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St. Urgent!
Baroness Gaerwen of Trafford will sit her vigil for Laurel from 2:00 to 6:00, Wednesday in Rowanhall Camp W13 beside the bath house. All Welcome.
Settmore Swamp is XXX! Come join us Thursday Night at the usual time & place.
Happy 2nd Birthday Nico. We love you! Mom, Dad, and Nicole.
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ÔMud-ChevalÓ
Erin Don't drink it if it's blue! :> J&A
Happy Birthday to Ilya & Jason Love Sean & Robert
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
Slyme - come home. We miss you when youÕre gone so long. Love, Lorelai and Rori.
What? No battles? Then shop at Abra's and say hello from Temair!
HAPPY FIRST PENNSIC LILLY! LOVE AUNT LAURA

Wanted to Buy

WANTED
Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292

Venerating Obscure Saints at Pennsic

Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter – Pennsic Independent

Sunday near the barn, passers-by were treated to a scene of revelers celebrating two most obscure saints, courtesy Baron Foote and Baroness Grainne of Feat of Clay potters. According to Baron Foote, the Saints Marg and Rita were apparently totally unknown until someone found an obscure reference to them in the Winchester Chronicles. The good Baron reports that there was a mini-heat wave in the south of what is now England somewhere around 95,000 B.C., and early Christian nuns who came from the south of France to the shores around Land’s End brought with them crops including both grapes and cacti (which were only viable due to said heat wave).
Foote reports that no one appears sure why the cacti were raised, but the chronicles indicate a great storm swept across the south coast, which ruined the crop with horrific tidal waves. Folklore indicates that two identical twin sisters who were from that nunnery, Marg and Rita, died trying to defend the cacti plantation, and were never seen again.
It was at that time that the miracle of Saints Marg and Rita occurred, for after the storm had buffeted the crop to a pulp, the nuns discovered a green liquid in low-lying areas with salt encrusted from the ocean’s attack. The liquid was found to be fine and delectable, and the salt merely improved its savor. And so the sacred liquor from this miraculous disaster became the sacrament ingested by true believers to honor the memory of holy twins Marg ‘n Rita.
Foote and Grainne have held the festival of Saints Marg ‘n Rita for nine years now, with “stagger posts” supplied by Rod, Pole and Perch, the Royal Surveyors. With highly skilled devotees such as their wench squad (Spanner, Wrench, Adjustable, and Crescent), the festivities helped put a smile on the face of commoner and Royal alike. Many quaked in fear at their sacred “Dickie Bird”, a huge carved wood bird with a tongue that moves in and out. The Dickie Bird is apparently an Anglo-Saxon raven, whose tongue is meant to remove any excess salt on worshippers’ faces, should they have walked too close to the sea.
How did all this prayerful play start? Apparently Foote and Grainne were sitting one night looking at the lovely Pennsic sunset and thought it would be a perfect time and place for a Margarita. Before long their “Anglo-Saxon patio” had become the venue for prayerful worship at Pennsics.
Long may the miracle of Saints Marg and Rita continue to grace the Anglo-Saxon patio!

Pennsic 39 (2010)

PI Friday August 13, 2010

Dirty Jobs of Pennsic

By Sir Guillaume “I  Shinbalds” de la Belgique, Guest Contributor

There are plenty of dirty jobs at Pennsic to go around, but on Wednesday evening, when the rain began to fall at midnight, the war became a dirty job for everyone. There were tents drenched, costumes soaked, and camps flooded in the wee hours of the morning. But one of the hallmarks of this war is that when something like that happens, everyone steps up: the War staff, the people of Cooper’s Lake, and all of us who’ve come for the week, to do the wet, muddy, dirty job of keeping the camp standing. What might have been a disaster became an opportunity for acquaintances made and friendships strengthened. It gave us all a tiny taste of the sort of dirty work that goes on all over Pennsic.
It has been my honor this week to get to know the folks who do some of the dirty jobs of Pennsic but I know I’ve only scratched the surface. In fact, my single regret is that we only had a week to profile these tasks and the people who do them. Pennsic’s “dirty jobbers” are far too numerous to name. The fact is, everyone who volunteers, from the folks who work for a few hours at the troll booth, right up to Mayor John von der Velde himself, is likely to be sweaty, filthy and tired at the end of their shift.
It’s easy to overlook just how much work goes into making Pennsic happen. By the most recent calculations, the official staff of the war—that is, the folks who were camping out here a week or more before the first attendee showed up for land grab—numbers 135 people. Those hard-working folks are supported by about 2,000 other volunteers, all of whom give up some or all of their summer vacation time so those of us who come to fight, learn, create, shop and party with friends can have a war to enjoy. And the most amazing thing is just how easy they make it look—because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in exploring Pennsic’s dirty jobs, it’s that making the war look “effortless” takes a lot of effort.
If you have the opportunity as you’re beginning your break-down in the next day or so, take a moment to acknowledge the hard-working Pennsic staff. Give a wave to the team of Dukes Michael, Valharic, Cuan, and their ducal deputies who maintain the watch and have given up a lot of sleep to keep the campground friendly and safe. Wish a good day to Baroness Anna and her staff who, in heat or rain, are waiting at Information Point to answer all of our questions, from how to navigate the campground to where you can find emergency dentistry services nearby. Give a shout-out to all the safety staff at Chirurgeon’s point, led by James “Hawk” Galloway (who, I suspect you’ll be glad to know, only had to break out his biohazard suit once during the war—really!). Shoot a smile at Lord Gregor “Tree” McLey and his gang in the technical services tent. They’ve been surveying, digging, plumbing, and wiring since early July, and they’ll be on site for almost another week after all the rest of us are safe (and cool!) at home with all of our garb washed and our armor polished.
And finally, raise a cup at your camp to toast the many, many people who go on working behind the scenes to get the war going and keep it running. It’s a phenomenal effort of volunteerism and personal sacrifice that, frankly, is almost unheard of in the modern world—and perhaps that’s part of what makes Pennsic so magical.
I’ve noticed one thing as I’ve explored the dirty jobs of Pennsic this week: Everyone who does this sort of work is reluctant (sometimes obsessively so) to be recognized for their efforts. “Please don’t write about me. There are other people who work a lot harder than I do,” is a statement I’ve heard from just about everyone I’ve interviewed, even people drenched with rain, dripping sweat, and covered with mud, grease and paint. But the truth is, our dirty jobs series has proved that while the work that’s done to make Pennsic happen can be messy and exhausting, the jobs themselves bring a great deal of reward. Everyone who works toward putting on the war has the satisfaction of seeing their efforts enjoyed by the thousands of attendees at the event, and the joy of making new friends in the process of getting all the work done. Viscount Edward said it best: “Pennsic and the SCA have become my family, and (doing these jobs) is a way to give something back to my family.”
So on behalf of everyone at Pennsic, let me conclude our series by simply saying “thank you” to the whole war staff. By doing the dirty jobs of Pennsic, you’ve made this a very beautiful week for us all.

Editing Guillaume’s writing might be considered a “dirty job” in itself, but he would like to thank the Pennsic’s media liaisons, THLs Jacquetta de Mehun and Bonita of Steltonwald, and the staff of the Pennsic Independent who worked with him and the SCA’s Office of Media Relations in the creation of this series. You can follow along with more of Guillaume’s SCA adventures in his books, We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume, and Here Comes The Reign, both available in Ceridwen’s Closet in merchant’s row, space 074, or through his website www.SirGuillaume.com.

Dragon Fends off Tyger on the Bridges

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter

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After 17 War Points:
East Tygers 11, Midrealm Dragons 6

The two Great Armies of the East and Midrealm got back to business Thursday as the bridge battle returned to Pennsic.
This year’s bridge battle was fought over five bridges with no resurrections. Possession of a majority of bridges or sweeping the field earned victory. There were three fights, each worth one War Point, and combat archery and siege weapons were in play for the third fight.
Trailing but undaunted, the Midrealm deployed its forces on the east side of the field. There was some shifting in the lines, but the Dragon deployed Ealdormere, Calontir, Ironlance and Northshield to hold the northern bridges. In the center, Æthelmearc, North Oaken and Pentamere were deployed, while House Darkyard, Trimaris, House Darkmoon and House Ironwolf anchored the southern defenses. South Oaken was held in reserve.
Eager to press their advantage in the war, the East deployed its Northern and Southern Armies to the north. Atlantia anchored the defenses in the center. To the south, Black Talon, House Clovenshield, Meduseld and the Western Coalition manned the bridges. The Tuchux and the Ulsterblichen were held in reserve.
The first battle saw both sides eager to get into the fight, leading to see-sawing battle lines on nearly every bridge. The Midrealm forces on the northern bridges were able to maintain their lines and hold on throughout the battle.
Meanwhile, the southern bridge saw the most action. A determined charge anchored by South Oaken forces drove the East’s allies nearly off the bridge. However, the situation reversed when the Ulterblichen committed to the fight. House Bloodguard led a charge that pushed the Midrealm forces back the length of the bridge and allowed for a brief breakout. However, the cannon to end the battle sounded before the Ulsterblichen could roll the field.
There was a dispute on the southern bridge, as somehow Sir Elizabeth of House Darkmoon managed to slide back to the middle of the bridge after the East forces had rolled off of it. The marshals ruled the bridge was contested. It mattered not, however, as Midrealm forces held the other four bridges to claim the fight and the War Point.
In the second fight, the East switched to a counter-attacking strategy. The Tyger held huge reserves back off the bridges and allowed the Midrealm forces to assault them.
The strategy worked to perfection. After about 20 minutes of fighting, the Tuchux forced the Midrealm forces on the south central bridge to the breaking point. As the Midrealm committed their final reserves to plug the hole, Eastern forces began a huge push on each bridge.
It was the Ulsterblichen that broke the Midrealm lines, as they powered through the wavering defenses on the south central bridge, mopped up the remaining forces on the south bridge and turned north.
A tide of Eastern warriors swept north and the end came when a determined force from Ironlance, Northshield and Calontir was surrounded and destroyed. The East took the second fight and War Point.
The third fight saw neither side anxious to overcommit, which led to mass targets for the various combat archers and siege weapons. For the first 25 minutes, the battle was largely confined to skirmishes and warriors trying (and failing) to avoid arrows and ballista bolts.
This time, the East found most of its success on the northern bridge, which it held at the end of the battle. Midrealm forces held firm on the central and north central bridges.
The two southern bridges were in dispute at the final cannon, but both final fights went the way of the Midrealm. On the south central bridge, a force of Æthelmearcians rolled over an outnumbered force of Tuchux and House Clovenshield. The southern bridge saw the renewal of the ancient rivalry between the Bloodguard and Darkyard. Darkyard led a push that knocked the Bloodguard off the bridge, claiming the final bridge and the War Point for the Midrealm.
HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm addressed his jubilant forces after the battle.
“The day is ours,” HRM Radagaisus. “We are well-pleased with our army. We know you dug deep for us this day and we thank you for it.”
HRM Edward of the East also was pleased afterwards.
“It’s been a well-fought war on both sides so far,” HRM Edward said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Friday’s Big Battle: The Field Battle

On the last day of fighting at Pennsic, it’s main event time. This year’s field battle will be three, last-man-standing, no resurrection fights. Combat archery and siege weapons will be allowed in the last fight. Their Majesties also are planning two friendship battles after the War Point battles.
Note: There will be no Pennsic Independent Saturday, but full reports from the field battle and a summary of the War will be available at www.pennsicindependent.com that day.
As always, VIVAT! HOOBAH! WASSAIL! and HUZZAH! to all the warriors of the Known World.

Economy in the Trenches! Former Society Seneschal Reduced to Selling Papers!

By Mistress Daphne of Colchester
Gulf Wars Advance Scout

While I have your attention, please read on. As Pennsic XXXIX comes to a close, thoughts may begin to turn to Gulfwars XX, taking place in March 2011. Something new at Gulfwars XX will be a daily newspaper. Yes, twenty years in the making! That is reason alone to attend Gulfwars. However, please feel free to enjoy the battles, the arts, the horses, hounds, and hawks—this list could go on endlessly. Ask anyone who has attended Gulfwars and they can tell you tales of valor, fun and, of course, bacon.
It is my hope that the newspaper will be informative, entertaining, and become a fixture at Gulfwars. To achieve that goal, I am asking for those who would like to volunteer to be part of this historic venture. I shall be needing volunteers to write articles (prior to and during Gulfwars), photograph events at the war, run the front desk, assist in sales, type in articles, draw cartoons, you name it—the paper needs it!
Have you thoughts or ideas of what you would like to see in a newspaper that is part of an SCA event? I welcome suggestions and input. Are you a merchant who would like to buy an ad in the paper? Then, I really welcome your input!
My undying gratitude goes to the staff of the Pennsic Independent. Despotissa Heirusalem and her hard working staff have allowed me to look over their shoulders, ask questions, and help out in some of the daily duties. I have treasured the opportunity to peek inside the inner workings of an established newspaper. Heirusalem, you and yours will always be welcome in my camp at Gulfwars.
I can be reached at Mdaphne@aol.com or (228) 832-7404.

SCA Census 2010

By Master Liam St. Liam
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

If you have ever wanted to express your opinion about any aspect of the SCA – from the non-member surcharge to an additional peerage to same-sex consorts – you now have your chance.
The SCA 2010 Census committee, working with the Board of Directors, has set up an open survey on the Internet that seeks answers to a wide variety of questions regarding people’s SCA experiences.
The survey, open to all, is linked on the main page of www.sca.org and the link has been distributed though many e-mail lists and blogs.
Connor MacGillivray, the chairman of the committee, said that smaller surveys of this type have been done in the past, but never reaching out so far and wide.
“The Board of Directors is reaching out to everyone in the SCA, whether members or not, on a society-wide level.”
Connor said the census, which will be open until Dec. 1, is just a first step.
“It’s important for people to know that the Board will not use this information to make any decisions right off the bat,” he said. “This is to get a feel for how people feel about the SCA now and what they want in the future.”
Connor said the census will collect both demographic data and survey data, and added that he has several committee members who are professionals in the field and will help him prepare a report for the Board of Directors.
“The information will be packaged for the Board, and they will also have access to the raw data,” he said. “Anyone will be able to see it. People will have access and can see what the data are.
“This is something that will take a while,” Connor said. “That information will be taken seriously.”
Connor added that he feels this census is a first step toward gathering more information from the populace for the board. “I see this as the first step. We’re setting the bar, and we’re setting it high. That’s how I conceive it. There will be more questions that will come up.”
The survey does not ask for an individual’s name, and those who take it do not have to be SCA members. It asks demographic information, including number of years in the SCA, reasons for joining and staying in, and it seeks to find out what areas of the SCA individuals are interested in. There is also a section for those who have dropped out of the SCA, seeking the reasons for that. For those who have left and returned, there is a section asking why.
The survey also seeks commentary on many widely discussed topics, such as those already mentioned, and asks whether they would prefer a central SCA corporation or individual state corporations. There is ample space for additional commentary.
If you would like to complete the survey today, there is a dedicated computer at Mystic Mail, that can be accessed for free to take the survey.

Second Friday Unclassifieds

Events Open to All
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for others manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 Call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
4 sale gothic heavy weapons breast & back $120. Pauldrons $85. Dress sallet $100. Call 610-357-2718
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Arrrghhh!! Pirate Kitty Toys-Space 42 Fabric Dragon.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Display/armor stand. Packs small, wood, painted or stained. N05/Clan Lurkr. $25
Dragon hats, jester hats, Medieval doll clothes, dressed bears and lots of other stuff to play with at Costumes by Loren. 166 Fleet Street.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
FOR SALE: Bathhouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
Gorgeous fused glass pendants & earrings - Space 42.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #26.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Queen size rope bed $200 call Coleta 513-324-4252
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Seaymour- Happy 1st Pennsic together - Love, Red Molly.
Sleep dry next Pennsic! Panel houses @1/2 pavilian prices. Maison Rive Space #24
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
The Pennsic Independent called it “The Quintessential Collection of Songs”. Get your copy of Master Hector’s “Red Album” at Camelot Treasures Booth #30
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover = share with a friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic XXXIX. Images of people, places, and things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker #26

General
Car issues? Butler Tire 724-283-8473. They were great & reasonable! Even open Sat. 7:30-3p.m. Elen :)
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
For Sale Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Free rabbit cage. Light wire. Inquire at EK Royal.
HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PAST. Participate in the SCA census. Available online for free at Mystic Mail 9-11a.m. and after 5p.m.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Our masterwork, having successfully aged 14 years, we wish Happy Birthday to our eldest son Piotr. Casimirski (of course we embarrassed you - your loving parents)
Pennsic is over! If you have not activated: Remember - There is no shame in self activation!
Pooker Snoodles, Love you lots + lots, Your Honey Bear
Reform Jewish services 6:30p.m. Friday behind Silver Dragon Co. Booth 9- Bow Street
Sandust Wanted. See Metilda of Lochleven/EK Royal.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.

Help Wanted
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
I’m looking for Geneyoligest Kirk Owen 412-377-4322
TRAILER STORAGE NEEDED: Cash or a shower house paid Maison Rive Space #24.

Lost & Found
Book Production Spindling lost AS 13, return to Clan O’Choda and Ehanhs

Memorials
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Calvert died during production. Party at Summer’s End.
Lord Brendan O’Moran, a founding member of the Shire of Caer Adamant. Your fighting spirit will be remembered.
Lord Brendan O’Moran - Pennsic is not the same for me without you. With loving memory, your Lady, Alison
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.

Parties
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00
Middle A+S Officers meeting Mid Royale 10-11 Fri.

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a Safe Trip Home! Love Your Secret Pal
Crusher: Safe Journey to your home: Your Secret Pal.
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Celebrate the moment as it turns into one more. Thanks to the PI staff for bringing back the fun. One little victory- and on to Pennsic XL. Dr. Nick.
Muscles Happy Birthday love Tracie.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
Fuzzy Headed Snuzzler loves her Daddy and reminds him not to stay forever
Happy 21st Birthday Lord Tristan from Mom and Dad and all of your friends in Rising Waters
Happy Birthday, Rose. Meet me at the food court Friday nite at 6pm for dinner and presents for you and Micah.
Local residents thank Duke Logan of Ebonwolf for demonstrating how not to honor a code of chivalry and for creating a new parking lot in his camp. It is so much closer to camp than the normal parking lot we will all use it next year! HUZZA!
Muscles Happy Birthday lfrom your old brothers.
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
To the Coopers, Pennsic staff, merchants, and Pennsic populace: Thank you so much for allowing us to serve you year after year. It is our great honor and privilege (and a lot of fun!) to produce the Pennsic Independent. -The PI Staff
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
Thank you Phillipe and Julliana for taking care of me this Pennsic and helping to make it possible to be here. You are loved and appreciated always Petra...you too Konrad!
Thanks to all our honored guests who visited our camp again this year! - Bard’s Haven Camp
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
To the staff of the Pennsic Independent: you are so wonderful! Thank you all for making this work, and making it work better every year. I love you all so much. You are fired! See you next year. -Aitch
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.
WAR OVER? HAVE TO GO HOME? BLAME ANGUS
Was he here? Was he just an illusion? No one knows. Those are the ways of trendy werewolves. Thanks for a great Pennsic to all my campmates. - T.L. in N08.
You are still a Pennsic Virgin if you haven’t read Lady Tudor Glitz! Available in Space 89-L3 Fabric Dragon.

PI Friday August 6 2010

Friday's Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.
Bardic Bounty on Bad Garb. Shame a lame out of their mundanes! Bounty is redeemed at Bard’s Haven.

Events Open to All
Aethelmerk will cost you again. Free Aethl. classes cancelled by Med. Order stop by Megan’s Guild of Limners 11a.m. - 3p.m. Monday to talk pigment w/Aleksandr or stop & visit Megan anytime.
Classes in engraving and repoussée from 10 am on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5.00. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Looking for OBOD Members. Lets meet Monday 8/9 @ Info Point @ 3p.m.
The Ladies of the Rose Tourney will be held on Monday at noon. A lady of the rose may sponsor one unbelted fighter. The tourney will be a single elim, that rolls into a bear pit tourney. Ladies of the Rose are encouraged to give their tokens to all worthy fighters.

For Sale
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contant Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #26.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
FOR SALE- Tentsmith 9x12 Marquee Slant wall w/fly-complete set up package; contact Sir William @ N31 Mountains Keep Camp to see tent-$645
Benefit the Chirugeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Older 16x13 pavillion burgundy & White, black dags, roof vent, awning, everything included $375. Can be seen at Camp Killkinny; see Wren at Merchant 185.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Early Lacemaking Workbook (R.Shepherd) Limited # in stock, or order for Sept delivery. Free Postage! Poison Pen Press #63
Falcon mew catnip topys and stuffed animals #171.
For Sale 12x16 Marque 6’ Walls 5’ Awning includes canvas floor, ropes & poles tall yellow & Green Tent on Kurdson Way N03 good condition $500 available Sunday a.m. Aug.15.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! Form Claus the Toymaker.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
“Pennsic in a Box” new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #26.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skien Terra Incognita # 171.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Battery charging available at Mystic Mail. Free for Internet Customers. SD memory cards for sale.
For Sale Good Gentles......How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Machine mending of garb Dau (Barn) 412-874-4314
Notice to Mariners. Sea Monsters have been seen in the waters offf Port Tortuga/B09 The harbor master will provide a prize for the first to name all four monsters and their movies.
Pennsic is here: Be sure to activate early and often!
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
TENT FOR SALE, Panther 12’ Regent, ropes, stakes, floor, awning, ready to go. $500. CLOAK & DAGGER #13

Help Wanted
WANTED CHILD CARE FOR 3 GIRLS: 12, 10, 7 1/2 afternoons. If interested contact Jamie Blackrose Merch. # 143.

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a Great War!
Many Thanks to the Kingdom of Caid for supplying the popcorn for the infamous Lars Dance last year! Barony of Carillion.
Sir Crispin Bucher to Ian - Your table is at By My Hand Designs #143 on Battle Rd.
Something Wrong? Blame Angus.

Wanted to Buy
Need center-grip round sheild aprox. 30” with center cut out. Contact Kjyl at Gabriel’s Landing E17.

Water Battle Rescued

By Pennsic Independent Staff

Herein may all good gentles read the Valiant, Heartwarming Tale of How the Children’s Water Battle was Rescued--
Less than two weeks before Land Grab for this year’s Pennsic, a heartbroken message was posted on various email lists and boards in the Midrealm and East from the Shadowclans. It appeared that the much loved Children’s Water Battle at the Fort would have to be cancelled for Pennsic XXXIX.
In the past, Shadowclans had been able to provide most of the staff and the approximately $700-$900 for the activity. But this year very few Shadowclans members are able to attend the War, due almost entirely to economic conditions. Shadowclans is based in the Pentamere Region of the Middle Kingdom (Michigan), which has been particularly hard hit by the modern recession. Master Johann, the mastermind behind the Children’s Water Battle, is unable to attend Pennsic this year, nor is his wife who is 8 months pregnant.
As Lord Taranach McLeod of Shadowclans explained at the time, “Unless we can muster a Herculean effort to get volunteers and get together some kind of treasure for the kids, I am afraid it would be better to wait until next year when it can be done right.”
Enter the Herculean effort as Her Majesty of Æthelmearc, Tessa, went into action, calling for all who might come to her aid to ensure that the Water Battle would go on. Many replied almost immediately .
A sufficient start on volunteers and donations of materials and money took place quickly enough that the Children’s Water Battle was able to be rescheduled for Thursday, August 12, from noon to 2 pm. [Note that the information in the Pennsic Book is no longer correct; the battle does NOT take after Opening Ceremonies on Sunday.]
Coordination of volunteers and donations has been carried out by Lord Tarnach (volunteers), Lady Ameris (donations and treasure), and Lady Gwynnyd (marshals).
If you would like to contribute your time, items, or money at this point, please check with Lord Tarnach or Lady Ameris at the Shadowclans encampment in N33.
Donations of candy (NO CHOCOLATE) should be in sets of 300 with each item individually wrapped. Toys are being purchased from donated funds so there can be consistency in the “booty” awarded to the nearly 300 children who usually take part in the battle.
Donations of usable super soakers and similar implements of “destruction” were also being sought, as were replacements for worn 3/4-inch water hoses.
Volunteers are needed for tasks such as: stuffing the treasure bags, moving equipment from a storage trailer to the Shadowclans camp the day before the battle, moving materials to the Fort area starting around 7:30 on Thursday the 12th (the day of the battle), filling and moving buckets of water, and “filling the weapons.” Other volunteers for duties such as manning the walls and assisting the children should show up at the Fort by 11 a.m. and no later than 11:30.
Again, please check at the Shadowclans camp in N33 to find out exactly what they still need before making any purchases on your own of specific items.
Many, many thanks to all those who gladly and quickly stepped up to the task when Her Majesty of Æthelmearc and others asked it of them. You make the SCA what it is. Vivat to all of you!

Welcome to Pennsic XXXIX

Sometimes, the only constant at Pennsic War is change.
As people arrive at this year’s war, they will see a variety of changes in everything from where Herald’s Point is to where the archery range is, to where to go to eat and shop.
The fact that you are reading the first issue of the Pennsic Independent on the Friday of Land Grab Week instead of the middle Saturday is just one indication of the changes this year.
The Heralds have moved from the A&S area to a location next to the playground near Information Point. The Heralds are also computer-printing submissions this year and have made other changes to streamline the process.
The archery range is now out beyond the B-Blocks and is on a bus route. Transportation has promised that starting Saturday, bus service will be increased to the archery range so there will always be 30 minutes or less between buses.
The Woods Battle on Tuesday will take place on a different stretch of terrain located “behind” Mount Eislinn. [For other changes to martial activities, see the reports by our battlefield and martial reporters elsewhere in today’s edition of the paper.]
A&S Point is in the A&S area, where there are colorful new banners to mark the classroom tents, and the Games Tent is in the Service Area.
Security has been merged with other departments, is doing Disability Transportation, and is called The Watch.
“As far as I can see, all the changes are working smoothly,” said Master John von der Velde, the Mayor of Pennsic. “So far, everything I have heard has been good.”
After an interim change, new adjustments have been made for minors attending A&S classes, but the move is minor. The Pennsic Ambassadors, who are adult volunteers, will be monitoring the A&S area to make sure SCA rules involving supervision of minors are maintained.
The Fruity Cobbler did not return this year because of concerns with the health of one of the owners. It has been replaced by Medieval Munchies, which has similar food and is run by the same family that runs Beast & Boar. The former Cock & Bull is now Cornucopia Utopia.
Wolgemut, whose music has become a familiar sound for shoppers near the bottom of Gold and Market Streets, is not at Pennsic this year.
The Marketplace opened on Monday of Land Grab Week this year, and will be closing at 11:00 pm on Friday of War Week. Those who are used to doing their last minute shopping on Saturday should remember to shop on Friday instead (and watch for the Last Minute Shopping Guide in the Pennsic Independent).
Cindy Cooper, the Pennsic Merchant Liaison, stated that the Marketplace change is a reflection of the general Pennsic schedule. “Official Pennsic activities are over on Friday,” Cindy said. “It just makes sense to close the Marketplace at the same time.”
Food merchants have the option to remain open on Saturday, but some may not take that option. Those who are planning to be open include Nobleman’s, DeRose’s Bread Boule & Coffees, Beast & Boar, Medieval Munchies, Cooper’s annex (ice cream, beverages, and market), and Odyssey Coffee. [A complete list of food vendors open and their hours on Saturday will be in the August 13 issue of the newspaper.]

Woods Battle Finds New Home

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
The Woods Battle is a true Pennsic original. It is a battle that can trace its origin back to the very first Pennsic some 39 years ago.
For the past 15 years or so, the Woods Battle’s home has been located north of Dagan’s Dell, but beginning this year the Woods Battle has found a new home.
According to Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, East Kingdom Earl Marshal and marshal-in-charge at Pennsic XXXIX, the reasons for switching to the new location were many.
“We’re not going to have to block off Currie Road this year,” Master Padraig said. “I think we had outgrown the old woods. Every year, we would tromp around in there and nothing would grow back.”
HRM Edward the Grey of the East also indicated the move was “fundamentally a Cooper thing” and that the new battle will be staged on land that is owned by Cooper’s Lake.
“I certainly embrace trying something new,” HRM Edward said.
The new woods site is situated north of the “B” camping blocks and is four times the size of the old woods. The terrain varies greatly inside and includes several crossing roads. Thick brush and heavy terrain are characteristic of most of the woods.
All of this has forced the marshals to adjust. According to Master Padraig, the woods will be split into four separate zones to help speed response to any issues or injuries.
Master Padraig also notes the sheer size of the new woods is going to present a major challenge to army commanders.
“No one can take their entire army and set up a static, diagonal line,” Master Padraig said. “It simply can’t be done. “
As for entry points into the new woods, His Majesty of the East said he and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm have yet to finalize the exact entry points.
However, the muster area for the southern entrance will be atop Mount Eislinn, while the muster point for the northern entrance will be just north of the Zion Baptist Church on Currie Road, according to Master Padraig.
The Woods Battle is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. It will be a two-hour long, unlimited resurrection affair.
The winning side from Monday’s Break the Siege battle will be allowed to choose the side from which it will enter the woods. The losing side will have the chance to move the mobile banner inside the woods.
The battle’s rules remain similar to years past. The two Great Armies will fight over three banners within the woods. Possession of each banner will be checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes and at the end of the battle at two hours. Any side which earns at least three “possession points” during the course of the battle will earn one War Point. The side with a majority of possession points will earn an additional war point.
Those who prefer rapier combat to armored combat also will have a chance to play, as the Rapier Woods Battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“I think it’s going to be a good addition,” Master Padraig said. “A lot of old timers say they think this going to be like the old woods battles (when Pennsic first moved to Cooper’s Lake).”
“The East certainly loves the woods,” HRM Edward the Grey said. “We have fighters who come to Pennsic specifically for the Woods Battle. At the same time, I know better than to underestimate our opponent.”

PI Monday August 9, 2010

Let there be WAR!!

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

A perfect summer morning at the Pennsic Fort provided the backdrop for the Opening Ceremonies Sunday. Some pointed fashion displays helped provide the impetus to officially start Pennsic XXXIX.
As is custom, Æthelmearc came to the dais first, about 20 minutes before the two belligerent kingdoms arrived. When the Midrealm and East arrived, they marched in side-by-side with a host that included royalty from nearly every kingdom in the Known World.
When all the royalty and populace had assembled, HRM Malcolm of Æthelmearc gave warm greetings to the crowd.
“Greetings and welcome to these fields of Pennsic!” HRM Malcolm said. “Never in my experience before have I seen the joy and friendship between my cousins and the people of the Known World running so strong.”
HRM Malcolm then gave way to HRM Edward the Grey of the East, who also greeted the populace, but noted he had a question for HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm. HRM Edward noted he loved the blue Tyger, which is sacred to the East.
“How came you thus to have a blue Tyger upon your shoulder and on the floor in your court?” HRM Edward asked.
HRM Radagaisus responded that he knew the Tyger was a versatile creature, such as the pelt he wore upon his shoulder.
“We noted there were unusually large Tygers unusually close to our borders,” HRM Radagaisus said. “We thought they were a threat to us. We thought it best to eliminate the threat.”
HRM Radagaisus then noticed HRM Edward was wearing a cape of what appeared to be dragon skin.
HRM Edward noted that in his travels, he could not put a foot down without stepping on a dragon. He noted even the smallest ones had value and went so far as to toss a basket of dragon skins to the crowss.
HRM Radagaisus took offense at this, but HRM Malcolm interceded. His Sylvan Majesty noted he had been “greatly impressed” with both his cousins and encouraged them to “look beyond certain historical differences.”
HRM Edward said he would like to move beyond such differences and presented HRM Radagaisus with an arrow. As he was accepting the arrow, however HRM Radagaisus accidentally broke the arrow, causing the cannons to sound.
“Having been in this situation before, I believe this means War!” HRM Malcolm said, drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
The roll of the Kingdoms then began with Æthelmearc declaring first for the Midrealm.
HRM Tristan of Atenveldt announced that a “Western Coalition” had been formed. For the first time in memory, Atenveldt, Caid, the West and An Tir will fight as one, and on the side of the East.
HRM Jean Paul of Ansteorra then broke with tradition and declared his kingdom would ally itself with Trimaris. Trimaris would later declare for the Midrealm.
All three of the Midrealm’s former principalities will fight for the Dragon, as Ealdormere, Northshield and Calontir declared for the Midrealm. The Outlands also declared for the Midrealm, honoring its alliance with Calontir.
HRM Jason of Atlantia said he would honor his kingdom’s long-standing brotherhood with the East. Drachenwald, Artemesia and Lochac also declared for the East
Meridies and Gleann Abhann did not declare at the ceremony.
The Holy Kingdom of Acre, which is celebrating its 30th year, said it would continue its long alliance with the East.
The Great Dark Horde spoke last and presented an arrow to the Midrealm to cement its alliance.
House Darkyard then brought forth the Pennsic War Horn to the dais. HRM Edward then took the horn and let forth two breathy blasts to open the war.
Their Majesties then addressed the crowd for the final time.
“People of the kingdoms of the Known World… “ HRM Edward said.
“… Let there be War!” HRM Radagaisus completed.
The belligerent kings then escorted each other’s consorts off the dais to close the ceremony.
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Saturday Battlefield Report

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament
One of the Known World’s best-loved melee tournaments took center stage after Opening Ceremonies, as the Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament returned. Ten-man teams representing six kingdoms and one fighting household took part in the round-robin tournament.
For the second straight year, the team representing the Kingdom of Atlantia emerged victorious from the tournament with a 6-0 record. TRM Quilliam and Dagmar of Ealdormere gave each member of the team drinking horns.
Records from other teams in the tournament included: Æthelmearc 5-1, East 4-2, Ealdormere 3-3, Midrealm 2-4, Calontir 1-5 and the Order of the Lost Boys 0-6
After the tourney, TRM Quilliam and Dagmar also put THL Baldric, commander of the Ealdormeran unbelts, on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.

Warriors of History Tournament
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